A thought: Having grown up in New York City, where almost all my friends were Jewish, and many of my teachers and the people I admired were Jewish, there are some ideas from Judaism that informed and improved my life for the better.
One is tikkun olam: Fixing the broken world.
here's a piece i made 10 years ago. sorry about the low quality of the vid, but it highlights another aspect of jewish thought: "Al Tirah"https://t.co/LZ75HcDnic
Tikkun olam is about taking responsibility for fixing the broken things in the world. It includes charity, social justice, and repair — even something as simple as repairing what’s physically broken.
The root idea of tikkun olam (as I understand it) is: We are all connected.
Marie Kondo won’t save you: A short thread.
A lot of people don’t do well with Marie Kondo’s Shinto-based decluttering system of emotionally connecting with every object you own.
That’s because clutter is about avoiding feelings.
Clutter, like money, ties into our very deep feelings about abundance and lack.
Those who tend to clutter tend to be people who grew up feeling lack: Lack of money, lack of love, lack of attention.
They don’t trust there will be help when they need it.
The clutter is a fort.
The clutter is a way of avoiding dealing with feelings, in other words.
So a system that asks you to get deep in your feelings about every bit of your clutter fort will absolutely short-circuit you. It’s the feeling you want to avoid! You’re not ready to feel them.