Since time immemorial humans were in search of the secret to a long and happy life. There are so many books out there promising that secret recipe to a successful life. When I first saw the book IKIGAI, the very first thought that crossed my mind was 'here is yet another book that will teach you zen mode'!
I first listened to IKIGAI in Amazon Audible a couple of years back. Since then there were some of the insights that kept coming back to me. I, then, decided to buy a hard copy and finished reading it again today. The authors Héctor García and Francesc Miralles have done a great job summarizing the life principles of Japanese folks when it comes to living longer.
IKIGAI simply means 'the reason to live'. The reason why we get up from bed everyday morning. It is a very simple book but full of insights based on what the authors learned from the inhabitants of Okinawa, Japan. For some reason, it has influenced me a lot and I was able to resonate very well.
Look at this diagram. Do spend some time reckoning it. I believe, it's really a piece of art that would open your mind.
The authors conclude with 10 rules for a successful and long life.
- Stay active, don't retire.
- Take it slow.
- Don't fill your stomach.
- Surround yourselves with good friends.
- Get in shape for your next birthday.
- Reconnect with nature.
- Give thanks.
- Live in the moment.
- Find your IKIGAI.
I think all of them are self-explanatory and one could only have vivid imaginations that suit them best about these principles. It is that simple.
While the living conditions in Japan may be different, I could see that these principles help you convert your life to a fruitful one with better habits for yourself and those surrounding you. See, I am not in the campaign of living longer but I definitely want to enjoy every moment I live. Make meaningful relationships and laugh a lot. There used to be a time where I used to react to everything that comes my way. From where I am today, I feel like that was a different person. I honestly believe this book suits those who are young as well if only they had the patience to endure.