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137. Which Part of Your Life Needs a Good Tidy?

Another new year, another opportunity to start afresh..... Every now and then you read a book which contains a truth that had never occurred to you before. It isn't that you were aware of believing one thing and this book tells you you're wrong, it 's more that it makes you aware of what you unconsciously believe and then reveals how wrong you are. And however much you want to hang onto your old assumptions, however distressing it might be to admit that you've got it wrong all these years, what it says is so compellingly accurate that you just can't. Such a book is The Life-changing Magic of Tidying. By Marie Kondo. A friend told me about it. If I had seen that book sitting on

118. How Visible Are You?

Do you find that your efforts at work, home or elsewhere are not always recognised? Are you maddened that some people are constantly in the limelight, taking all the credit? Do you sometimes feel as though you're wearing Harry Potter's cloak of invisibility but don't know what to do about it? Read on! I was brought up to be modest, says Sally, 'it was considered very rude in my family to grab attention for yourself. It was pretty frowned upon at school too. I remember a boy called Jason, he was constantly talking, asking questions, fooling around. The rest of us would roll our eyes and sit there waiting for the lesson to resume.' Much of our behaviour is learnt - we weren't born th