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It's all about relationships

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The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up, a New York Times #1 bestseller, a book everybody is talking about, a book which became instantly popular in Japan and every other country in America and Europe when it was published. I wanted to read it just to see why. Why? Because I couldn’t believe that a book about tidying up became a bestseller – sounds like a joke.  I have to admit I was not excited about the subject and since it was available as an audiobook, I was going to fast forward through it…but I didn’t.  I recognized some learning opportunities and decided against it. At that moment I have also realized that tidying up is, in a way, like healthy eating. We all know how important it is, we all do something about it and none of us needs any advice, because it is so obvious, isn’t it? So, I listened to this book from the beginning to the very end. I have learned about typical behaviours related to tidying up your surroundings and typical ways of failing to do so. I accepted a few pieces of advice and appreciated some new ideas. But I also realized all of that was not a reason for the book’s popularity. Marie Kondo is reminding us about very important relationship loss. We are losing connection with things in our surroundings and a place, we call home. It is happening in the same way as our disconnection with nature, food and each other. If we find ways to re-connect, if we re-discover oneness everything will be simple and easy, even tidying up.

This is why the book is worth the read even if you think you don’t need this kind of advice and your surroundings do not need tidying up. It is worth to read to the very end even if you find her ideas silly or crazy, because if you get to the end it may provoke some thinking and some reflections on the nature of our daily relationships.

You may also be interested in the upcoming program The Secret of Relationships: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living on Thursday, March 31 in the Stevenson & Hunt meeting room, in Central Library at 7 pm. Come and learn how the state of our mind affects the quality of our relationships and what we can do about it.