With the very best of intentions, I posted a blog on April 19 about my plan to break down the organization of my overflowing jewelry armoire over the course of a work week proving to all that some consistency and attention, even a bit, will pay off in the effort to organize. We all know the saying “the best-laid plans…gang aft a-gley” and astray these plans went! A project at work ramped up keeping me hours beyond my usual 40 that week, my Villanova class was coming to a close with two final tests and I was anticipating the arrival of my daughter and son-in-law from Russia.
Each night that week, I lamented over the fact that I was too tired or too busy to follow through with my plan for simplification. On my right shoulder sat “Discipline” whispering in my ear, “if you were dedicated to this plan, you would work on it for 5 or 10 minutes regardless of how you feel or what other obligations you have.” On my left shoulder sat “Patience” saying, “be gentle with yourself. How important is this in the scheme of things? You have other obligations this week that trump the jewelry box cleaning!”
“Patience” won. In reality, other things were simplified and organized along the way just because I was about to have visitors. For example, my pantry got cleaned and organized, as did a couple of bedrooms.
I suppose there is a lesson in this short story. Consistency does count, but it doesn’t have to be rigid. Even though the jewelry armoire organization has yet to be carried out, my overall dedication to the cause of simplification keeps me tuned in to my surroundings and I automatically hone in on areas that need attention when the time is right. The order in which I attack them should remain flexible and non-stressful.
Up next: Can I still simplify when, literally, my feet have been knocked out from under me? And…Having the right tools for the job…when it’s time to start the job.