Second Realm

Eric P. Rhodes, Artist

Choose Joy


Each time I use the techniques in Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I immediately feel lighter and ready for new things to come into my life.

I’ve since adopted one of the techniques as a trigger for when people, situations, organizations, hobbies, books, classes, etc. clutter my mind with frustration.

I’ll ask myself, ”Does it bring me joy?” If it does, then I keep it. If it doesn’t, but I still want to keep it, I’ll ask, “Has it served its purpose?” If it has, then I know what I have to do. If it hasn’t then I keep it.

However, the only way this works is if I am brutally honest in answering those questions. And I know I can count on my my inner critic for that. He just doesn’t let me get away with lying to myself.