So for the past few months now, as you can see here, I’ve really been trying to turn over a new leaf and lead a healthy lifestyle. I’ve been trying out different workout plans and challenges and trying my best to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. That’s all well and good don’t get me wrong but I’ve been so focused on a healthy body that I completely neglected achieving a healthy mind. And I’ve recently learned that without a healthy mind, a healthy body is simply unachievable.
Lately, through listening to podcasts I’ve discovered some amazing books that have helped in this area. Two of these such books I want to talk about just because for me they’ve absolutely changed my life for the better. These two books are “The life-changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo and “The life-changing magic of NOT GIVING A F*CK” by Sarah Knight.
If you’re like me, you tend to air on the side of caring more than you should about what other people think or feel. Upon reading these books I’ve come to realize how silly an idea that is. With all we have to worry about in our own lives, why in the world do we care what other people think? The Book that brings this idea perfectly into focus is “The life-changing magic of NOT GIVING A F*CK” by Sarah Knight. This book is so useful because it really makes you examine your priorities and find out what really matters to you in life in simple to follow steps. The book has your write out all the things you supposedly care about in different categories of your life, i.e., work, family, friends, self. Next, you write a list of things you know you legitimately care about, which just like us individuals, varies greatly from person to person. The book also has you take note of what you’re putting into the areas of your life that you supposedly “care” about but hasn’t made your true care list; things such as time, money, and energy. Once all your lists are complete it’s incredibly helpful to sit and just look at them. There’s something about the tangible concreteness of seeing everything in front of you that allows you to see how overwhelming the list of things is that we really have no business caring about. With all the information laid out in front of you however, it does make it that much easier to physically cross things off your “should care” list and it feels like a weight is being lifted off your shoulders. Some things on your list might not be so easily crossed off however and for those, this book is helpful at giving you advice on how to eliminate things from your list with as little negative impact on you and others as possible. “The life-changing magic of NOT GIVING A F*CK” is incredibly informative and useful when it comes to broader concepts like how we spend our time, but it’s also important to let go of objects we don’t care about.
Too many of us have too much stuff. I can say from personal experience that I have things I can’t even remember how or why I have them. Reading “The life-changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo has really opened my eyes to the significance behind what we have in our homes and the other objects we possess. The cornerstone behind the “KonMari” method is a simple yet often overlooked mantra “only keep what brings you joy”. Over the years I’ve amassed a large quantity of things that may have been appreciated at the time but have since remained untouched or even worse, left completely unopened. I had all these things that are just collecting dust and I still hadn’t gotten rid of them and I couldn’t figure out why. In really thinking about it I’ve discovered there’s a few reasons I hadn’t gotten rid of so many things: guilt for giving away something still perfectly useable, guilt over giving away a gift, or the thought that I may at some point or another wind up using it. This book has step by step instructions for how to sort through, discard, and organize your remaining things all in a way that is clear, concise, and won’t overwhelm.
With all we have going on in our lives, sometimes it gets overwhelming and at those times it becomes essential to dial back and focus on ourselves. Sarah Knight’s “The life-changing magic of NOT GIVING A F*CK” gives us the tools we need to search through our lives and find what is really worth our thought, time, energy, and money, and how to eliminate the unnecessary from our lives. And Marie Kondo’s “The life-changing magic of tidying up” teaches us the true importance of our possessions and why it is so important to only surround ourselves with possessions that bring us joy. When we focus on ourselves and make sure that what we do and what we have brings us joy, that’s when we can turn around and give that productivity and joy back to the world around us. And to me, that’s some life-changing magic.