Every morning for the last few days I’ve received a morning video from none other than Mary Morrissey. I’d like to think they are especially made for me, but the truth is they are for anyone who is signed up for her training courses, which I happen to be. Very excited about this.
In yesterday morning’s video, Mary talked about making space. Someone once gave her advice about getting “unstuck” and the gist of it was to move three items in her office. Put them “away” or take them out entirely. Sometimes, in order to get things moving in our lives we need to, well, get things moving. Literally.
As soon as I watched the 3 minute video (you too can sign up for a week of them without joining the program), I knew. I knew exactly what needed to be cleaned out, what needed to move, where I was “stuck”. And it was going to take a lot longer than a few minutes.
In my bedroom, which I keep fairly tidy, on my side of the bed, I have accumulated, nay, amassed, an enormous amount of books. And some electronics. And an unreasonable amount of empty notebooks, mostly unlined. And receipts and hair ties as well as some over the counter pharmaceuticals. When I write it all out it sounds like it may have been messier than I was willing to admit to myself.
I knew exactly what needed to be cleaned out and I knew why. My corner of the bedroom wasn’t cluttering up my mind, my mind had cluttered up my bedroom. And going in reverse order, I began to unclutter that which had gotten away from me.
Unless you are an unusually tidy person, and if you are I salute you, but unless you are that person, your surroundings can sometimes get away from you. Mail and notes and the many, many “things” that you might need at any given moment are kept “at hand” and this can easily get away from us.
So this morning I dug in. I moved books and put things away and had more than a decent stack for Goodwill as well as a hefty recycling pile and a garbage sack of respectable size to boot.
It is not a simple thing to stay balanced in this world. In fact, I submit to you that it’s not a matter of staying balanced, but a matter of rebalancing on a regular basis. And that’s what these small shifts do.
My expectation is that there are good things on the horizon for me. And I know without a doubt that those things are going to take up some room, in my head, and perhaps in my room. So I’ve moved things around, cleared some things out and I’m ready. I’m ready for more goodness, more happiness and a space that is clean and tidy to receive me.