Letter from Publisher
May 31, 2016 04:10PM
“As you explore the reasons behind your ideal lifestyle, you’ll realize that the ultimate reason is to be happy.” ~ Marie Kondo
These wise words from Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo appeared in our April interview with Kondo. Her words and credo of simplicity inviting happiness into our lives are resonating with me and sparked a renewed focus on purging things and thoughts that no longer serve me well.
This quest is well aligned with this month’s theme in Judith Fertig’s feature article, “Happy All Day: Simple Daily Practices for a Happier Life.” Discovering more simplicity, joys and consistent happiness in our lives is something I imagine we all seek. Fertig has gathered for us thoughtful ideas and actionable tips from experts around the country.
Life coach Mary Lynn Ziemer, for example, explains how to “flip the switch” from negative thoughts to a more positive mindset based on gratitude. My business partner and I have worked with Mary Lynn, and can attest to the benefits of shifting our perspective through mindful practices and deep-breathing exercises. Meditation, journaling, exercise and creative pursuits are all accessible, affordable methods that work to cultivate more peace and joy in our lives.
During my recent house and office purge, I came across a letter I wrote to a friend 14 years ago. Its message continues to resonate as I realize the quest and opportunity for personal growth and happiness has been and is a lifelong pursuit. Perhaps I, like you, was destined to associate with Natural Awakenings, a magazine that promotes naturally healthy living in all facets of life, gently guiding us in creating our best selves. Looking back, the letter was addressed as much to myself as to my friend. I wrote:
“We strive for life in its simplest form—love, health, happiness, faith—but more often clutter it with more stuff, taking years to recognize that less is more. Your best life begins with a healthy body, mind and spirit. Exercise and eat wisely. Read, listen and explore more. It takes energy, effort, dedication and desire to maintain our health. We diminish our joy by not maintaining it. Health is the greatest wealth.
“I feel certain that it’s never too late to be what you might have been. What we loved as children, what came easily to us early in life, is still there. What you are today is a sum of everything you have been, but not what you yet will be. Always remember, you are loved.”
At heart, the goal is for all of us to make increasingly better choices that will lead to experiencing more simplicity, happiness and peace. A good place to start is by taking the time to see the goodness already around us…and soaking in the warmth and extended daylight of this season!
Teona Wright, Publisher