If you’ve been reading my blog since the turn of the year you’ll know I’ve been busy with my goals plans and timetables for the upcoming year, that I want to consolidate a lot of work in progress, and in order to do that, realised I need to be more focused. Mindfulness, therefore, is my chosen word for 2014.
In order to get to be more mindful, I’ve started journaling again, on a daily basis. I allowed this to drop out in 2013, after many years of the practice, with disastrous results. I could kick myself.
Since picking it up again, my focus has improved dramatically and I’ve started reorganising this and that and had some revelations and my work has begun to flow again and in the right direction.
And so, I thought I’d share my Mindfulness year and will be posting a Mindfulness blog post once a week or so. I am no guru and have no leadership aspirations: it’s a case of take what you find useful and discard the rest.
One of the issues that’s come up in my journaling is on the subject of clutter. It’s not that I’m a mega-messy, hoarding person (despite my boxes of stones and fossils under the bed); what’s happened is that I’ve accumulated a certain amount of stuff that – without going into a lot of detail – has negative connotations. Most of this has been forced on me by events beyond my control. It’s taking up space in our home, there’s anger and resentment associated with it, and it isn’t useful. It detracts from the beauty of my environment and is thus affecting my creativity. It’s a burden. It’s a block. So it has to go. I’ve just gotten rid of some of it and felt a weight lift from my shoulders already.
Serendipitously, a newish Facebook friend, Sandra Felton – The Organizer Lady – has authored a number of books on organising your home and therefore life and I recently bought a Kindle version of this one:
It’s not just practical advice (though there is a lot of that in the book). I was struck for instance by what Sandra has written about how a cluttered house affects a person’s willingness to make relationships, because if your home is a mess, you won’t want anybody to come round and see it. You have to feel it is welcoming to visitors – beautiful and comfortable. I know what she means. There are things I really do not like in this house that I can’t change just yet and I don’t want other people to see them. It’s not about having a show house before you can entertain. Enough is a key word in the book, not perfect. Perfectionism is also a relationship preventative.
The book contains many other nuggets of wisdom. I recommend it. It’s less than £2 to buy the Kindle version and it’s a quick read. For me, it mirrored back to me that I’m already fairly well organised (and not the absolute mess I sometimes feel). It’s important when walking towards B from A, to know where you are, now, on the road.
I have spotted myself as a culprit of some of the bad habits Sandra touches upon in the book, ones we unconsciously develop that bring on clutter and chaos and I’ve begun cutting these out. One especially, for me, is failing to finish domestic tasks. There’s a basket of clean washing on the floor next to me right now that has needed putting away for two days.
But at least I did the washing!