The Joy of Socks

The Joy of Socks

So I started nesting my socks.  Then I went all origami folding on my shirts.  Next up:  look at every piece of paper in my files and ask:  Does this bring me joy?

Have I gone insane?  Nesting socks?  What?

Like many of you perhaps, I have discovered The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.   

Do I love this shirt I bought in 2007? Five pairs of scissors? 22 half-filled notebooks. My key chain I had with my first car?

How much of your stuff are you really in a relationship with? How much of it brings you joy?  How much of it adds to your quality of life?

For me not everything I owned brought me joy, that was for sure.

One thing I appreciate about Kondo is that she is not a minimalist. The goal is not simply to get rid of things. The goal is to notice more about your things, ask if they bring you joy, and decide to part with them if they don’t.

I am in the habit of asking: what does this (parenting, traveling, tidying, basketball, etc.) have to do with improv?  We are always asking that question around here.

Turns out that the idea of “Notice more” is central to both tidying and improv.

For a lot of us, we don’t always pay attention to what is around us. That can be true on the improv stage, in meetings, and when you are in your basement asking “What is that thing?”

Improvisers dial up their noticing on stage because if they do there is more to work with. If you are not paying attention you are going to miss the fact that someone just called you Kelvin and asked you to bring a crescent wrench into the scene.

If you are not paying attention you will have no clue about what to do next.

Obviously the stage is not the only place where paying more attention matters.

Notice something you haven’t noticed in a while.  Ask yourself:  Does this _________ bring me joy?