My blog today is inspired by one of my recent, favorite books – “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo. In her book, Marie Kondo illustrates the life changing magic of organizing one’s home, keeping only items that illicit joy, and giving everything you choose to keep its proper place in your home. I’d like you to apply this same type of thinking to your personal relationships in the public and private sectors. When we sort out our relationships, we gain clarity about what we truly value and what brings us joy.
We can clear away the clutter of our struggles, ineffective communication and unsatisfying compromises. We can own our personal interactions and become assertive and empowered. When we do this, the drama fades away, as does the feeling of being trapped in our current situation. We become confident and courageous because we have the ability to make changes and the skills to create the experiences we desire. Once you have your relationship “houses” in order, you will know what is truly worth “fighting” for, when it’s time to walk away and what compromises you are truly happy to make.