BOOK REVIEW: IKIGAI
Updated: Apr 8, 2018
#Stayingyoungfitandfabulous #Alifewelllived #Beautyinsideandout #Purposedrivenlife - these perhaps are a few of the official hashtag life goals. If you are in search of answers to questions relevant to these or you simply want to understand a little better or just really curious to know what makes other people so cool about growing grey hair, wrinkled skin, ageing body, deteriorating senses, and dealing with the veracities of this stressful world - then this book may have opened doors and windows for you.
Ever since I started my blog, I already thought that I should be able to read this book since we are identical in using the word IKIGAI. I thought that this could give a spine to the kind of writing I envisage for my literary. IKIGAI - The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Hector Garcia and Fransesc Miralles is a very powerful piece of collection of facts, observations, stories, and evidences that living a happy life is possible, however long it is. This book of about 10 chapters did cost me about $7 for a kindle-copy with a dissected relevant idea that could pave the way in finding your very own ikigai. Reading this book is but a journey.
Here are my personal take-aways from this book that you may consider for reading it as well:
1. “The mind has tremendous power over the body and how quickly it ages”
Sure it is - in the long history of our physiology, it has been stated over again that the human brain seats at the centre of the human anatomy being one of the largest and most complex organs in the human body. It has the centralised control over the others. It is the physical organ mostly associated with our mind and consciousness. It plays a main role and function to the rules of our thought, feeling, attitude, belief and imagination. It is most certain that what we feed our mind affects all other areas of very consciousness. Therefore, what we think is what we become.
2. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way”
The book pressed on finding your ikigai or your reason for being. And because, usually it is something that cannot be seen or touched, it is a decision that you have to make and renew at every moment. As it was said, our ikigai is hidden deep inside each of us, and finding it requires a patient search. As humans, we are bestowed of the free will or the ability to choose our actions. It is the wisest decision to choose to become truly wise.
Proverbs 4:23 “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.”
3. “He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how.”
This book’s epilogue says it all: “Life is not a problem to be solved. Just remember to have something that keeps you busy doing what you love while being surrounded by the people who love you.”
There are so many things in this world and in our lifetime that will always be beyond our control. The best example of it is time. One cannot put hold of time in his hands. With this truth we should be guided to treat everyone like a brother, even if you’ve never met them before (or the Japanese saying, Ichiraba chode), accept the transience, incomplete and imperfection (or the Wabi-sabi in Japanese), and to let the love flow. Remembering that “a river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” - Jim Watkins
As for me, I have dedicated my life first to God and his plans and usage of me. Each day I struggle on purpose to be able to follow his lead, and obey his words. It was through his grace that I experience redemption and breathe for a cause. And, secondly, my family. Seeing them each day reminds me that I am summoned from soil to build a family and a home. 1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all that you do be done in love.” This is my ikigai...