Amid lockdown I embraced the Konmari Method, considering each item I own in terms of levels of joy or usefulness. If there was no joy or no purpose it was time to let the item go, otherwise, it could stay.

The result was a realisation that for years when I believed I was cleaning a space, what I was actually doing was moving stuff from one side of the room to the other. Dusting or rearranging it only to put it back to where I got it from.

Clear Space Clear Mind

Some part of each day comprised me either looking through stuff or just moving it around. From my study alone I cleared at least six good size boxes of things that served no practical purpose. At one stage (despite getting rid of so much) the room looked worse than when I started, as I considered what would stay in my newly refined space. 

I knew intuitively that once I tidied away I would have a lot more space and could get things done more efficiently because I was no longer wasting my time.

In the midst of the transformation, a hardback book with a sky-blue cover kept catching my eye. 

Clear Blue

The title looked interesting, but I had no recollection of receiving it as a gift or buying it—though it was the sort of book I would buy. I brought it into my bedroom and left it on the bedside table.

It would take me another week to get around to reading it, but when I did, it was like a light turned on. Made up of short stories, the book shares a key moment in someone’s life when they realized they were supposed to be or do something else with their life. 

Clear Purpose

Contributors to the book include Maya Angelou, Barry Manilow, Deepak Chopra, and Desmond Chopra, to name but a few in its eclectic mix. Yet, each story ties with the next, sharing insight, encouragement, and transformation. 

Essentially, it’s about paying attention to what really matters:

  • What in life makes the greatest difference?
  • How can you be the best version of yourself?
  • When do you have the opportunity to inspire, help, motivate, transform others?

The book is by Elise Ballard, and its title is Epiphany.

It is an inspirational read, and one I strongly recommend. It is time to make space in your life for the things that really matter.

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