A Week of Looking Inward: Day Three
One question posted each day this week for you to ponder in your own journal, on a walk, on your yoga mat, or over at our 7 Questions Facebook page.
Today we reflect with author, speaker and professional organizer Andrew Mellen.
Question: When I look back over 2011 and think about how time, choices and objects have been organized, do I see harmony and ease? Did I seek out the natural place for things to land and rest? Where did I struggle to force things into literal or figurative containers? Do I recognize the order in the universe and see my life reflected in that order?
Organization is about recognizing what ‘enough’ looks like and feels like; about holding things loosely while learning deep appreciation for the comfort, convenience, beauty and functionality that objects offer. When I clutch, grab, or hold something too closely or tightly, instead of creating a feeling of safety and security, what grows is a sense of anxiety and fear—that the object will break, be lost or assert its impermanence in some other way.
Possession often hastens the outcome I hoped to prevent.
The things I intended/expected to increase the quality of my life begin distracting me from that quality.
What can I do in 2012 to move through time and space more harmoniously, recognizing that everything I need is within easy reach? How best can I release those things that no longer serve me (on any plane) to find new homes more suited to their purpose? How might I increase joy in equal or greater measure to my worldly accumulation?
P.S. TeachNow opens New Year’s Eve.