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Make Space for Your Mission in Life

What’s on My Mind this Week

I am so thrilled to finally finish my big move this past weekend to my new home in Seattle. I say “finished” but that’s just how much I can really tolerate for the week :) This is a ‘Kaizen’ moment for me… the Japanese word derived from two Kanji - The first 'Kai' 改, meaning 'change,' and the second 'zen' 善, meaning 'good’. We left many unpacked boxes in the garage, and over the next few weeks/months we will follow the ‘Kaizen’ process to examine about what’s important to keep/add to my life and what are things to let go. It really took a life-event to jolt me out of my usual environment and forced me to really see my worldly possessions and decide what’s necessary and what to let go. This is no fun and certainly difficult for us (i.e. we have a hoarder in the family), but fortunately there are great resources to guide us through this process.

I highly recommend reading “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. You might also hear about her Netflix series. We started with her first lesson which is to “discard all at once”. The lesson here is if you tidy up in one shot, rather than little by little, you can dramatically change your mind-set. We haven’t thrown away all our things yet but the closet we got was packed and moved everything over the weekend. We did focus on what we want to keep and not what we want to get rid of, which is also a lesson in her book. Let me quote her famous line “does this spark joy?”. If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. Perhaps the item has already fulfilled the mission and brought you joy but not anymore? The last lesson I’d like to share is “make space for your mission in life”. Here is a direct quote “Pour your time and passion into what brings you the most joy, your mission in life. I am convinced that putting your house in order will help you find the mission that speaks to your heart.” One can also apply this to other areas of life… perhaps there is relationship, job, or even a bad investment that we could get rid of in order to make space that speaks to your heart. In economics, the term sunk cost fallacy is "throwing good money after bad”. It’s important to periodically examine and see them for what they are so we can make room for better investments. Hope you enjoy a clutter-free weekend!

- Henry

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