My daughter loves super heroes and has one of the most beautiful imaginations I have ever seen. She was drawn to them from a young age as she took up an obsession with “Bider – Man.” This slowly transitioned into an obsession with all super heroes.
Yesterday, I was watching her at play. She was wearing a Spider-Man PJ set layered with a Wonder Woman custom with a cape. She was cooking “dinner” when suddenly “bad guys” attacked and she needed to save the day. After she was done saving our home from an invasion of bad guys, she told me that she always saves the day.
I love that she truly believes and feels that she is a super hero and that she can/does save the day. The truth is that she does. She saves the day consistently. It may not always look like fighting bad guys, but she does do wonderful things everyday.
When I was young, I too had a very active imagination. When I entered college, I dreamed or imagined becoming a super success physician that knew American Sign Language. I was going to open my own practice committed to caring for patients and providing Deaf patients with the care they deserved. I was going to save the day, to serve.
Fast forward about a decade, many perceived failures, and heartache. My experiences are incredibly valuable, but I am not a physician. Most days, I do not feel like I am saving the day OR even that I can. What happened?
At some point, the mounting perception of failures and “life” I stopped dreaming. I decided that I was start “adulting.” This meant that I would just be “who I am today.” I would accept my failures and let them affect me daily. I gave my power over to this spiral of thoughts.
Imagination, although I thought had completely gone, was still there. It just told me a different story. The story was that I had failed, I am always a failure, I will never have enough money, I will never be good enough…
Likely, I did decide to shift mindsets and make changes. I began to dream again and truly believe that I was capable again of saving the day like my beautiful daughter. Sure, there would be failures, BUT I would learn from them. I would see them as opportunities.
This concept applies to life in general, but it also applies to organization.
We are filled with stories about why we cannot have the life we want, be the person we want to be, or have the home we want. We tell ourselves that we will eventually have the money to create a beautiful Joanna Gaines style home. We tell ourselves that organization costs money, we are not organized individuals, we do not have the time, or we just simply cannot in our season of life.
If I tell you that all of these are simple stories, does anything shift for you. Maybe not immediately. Let’s try this.
Organization costs money:
Sure, organization can cost money. BUT it does not have too. There are option, if you use a little imagination, to create an organized space with little to know money. It may not be Pinterest Perfect or HGTV Stunning. BUT it is perfect for your family in this season.
I am not an organized person:
Well, let’s discuss this. Each person is organized in their own way. It is a personal process. There is no wrong answer. Ask for help if you need a little direction on where to start…I may know someone that would be a good person to ask.
I do not have time:
Yes, we live in a busy time. However, I would say that you likely do have time. Take a look at how you are spending your time. Maybe you only do have 30 minutes a day, but it is 30 minutes that can accomplish organizing one part of your home. It is a process. Just start.
We simply cannot in this season of life:
We will consistently have changing, challenging seasons in our life. It can be a lot. BUT maybe organization is exactly you need in this season. What are your concerns? Are they valid?
What if I told you that it costs you money and time to not be organized?
Systems improve our efficiency, they decrease waste, and to give us more time back in the day.
Intentional Living Tip: Take a moment to think about a story that you are currently telling yourself. Maybe it is about organization or maybe a job opportunity.
Examples of questions you can ask yourself to unpack our examples above.
How much time do I waste searching for my belongings?
How many times have I purchased something (maybe batteries) because I could not find the ones I am pretty sure I purchased last week?
Life is VERY short. We cannot afford to wait to live or to make changes until retirement or until we transition to the next season in our life. If we open ourselves up to the possibilities and change our stories, we can achieve what we desire.