The words Life-Changing Magic in the title of Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, grabbed my attention. Then, she challenged me to look at my belongings with this question:
As I continued to follow her method, I read how tidying up is really about “examining my inner self”.
The process of assessing how you feel about the things you own, identifying those that have fulfilled their purpose, expressing your gratitude, and bidding them farewell, is really about examining your inner self, a rite of passage to a new life.
One way I have made sense of life’s experiences is through decades of journaling. I realized that during the initial “tidying up” phase, I had overlooked several journals nesting in a basket on my closet floor. Those particular journals were filled with emotionally charged memories from years of difficult transitions. Teachings about looking at the past contend that whatever good that came from times of struggle already resides within me now.
Yet…I resisted bidding farewell to those journals. An inner pendulum started swinging: cling to the past or surrender and let go. Two weeks ago, I awoke ready to face the task.
I read and ripped pages from the journals. Most of the writing was jabbering about selfing. I bid farewell to projects that didn’t happen, regrets, and resentments. As I gleaned the pages, I savored lessons learned, breath prayers, and times of gratitude.
Maybe tidying up is life-changing magic.