Last month I shared about a book that I enjoyed called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In that book the author, Marie Kondo says,"Take each item in your hand and ask: 'Does this spark joy?'"
All month I've been thinking about this quote and it has moved me greatly. "Take each item in your hand and ask: 'Does this spark joy?'" There are so many ways we can apply this question. And in part, that is what her book is about. It's not just about tidying up our closet or a room. It's about tidying up our lives by asking the question: "Does this spark joy?"
After reading the book, I found myself asking this question when I was in a room full of people, or cooking dinner, or attending a class or a meeting. "Does this food/these people/this event spark joy?" If it didn't or doesn't, then why am I doing it? It's such a great question.
Are you inviting joy into your life not just with objects, but people, food, or circumstances? Or are you inviting sadness, misery, and guilt? And if you are, then ask yourself "where will I find joy?" and head over to that party.
Joy is at the top of the food chain so to speak and fear is at the bottom with every emotion and state of being existing in between. In order to get to joy, the movement has to start somewhere.
For me, the simple yet profound question "Does this spark joy?" is where I began. If it doesn't spark joy, then it's holding me back from that place I choose to live from. Just having that awareness can change everything.
Can you allow yourself to ask the question?
In love and light,