I love stories and this week’s blog I would like to start with a story.
Once upon a time there lived a sea lion who had lost the sea.
He lived in a country known as the barren lands. High on a plateau, far from any coast,
it was a place so dry and dusty that it could only be called a desert.
A kind of coarse grass grew in patches here and there, and a few trees were scattered across the horizon.
But mostly, it was dust. And sometimes wind, which together make one very thirsty.
Of course, it must seem strange to you that such a beautiful creature should wind up in a desert at all.
He was, mind you, a sea lion. But things like this do happen.
How the sea lion came to the barren lands, no one could remember.
It all seemed so very long ago. So long, in fact, it appeared as though he had always been there.
Not that he belonged in such an arid place. How could that be? He was, after all, a sea lion.
But as you know, once you have lived so long
in a certain spot, no matter how odd, you come to think of it as home.
From The Journey of Desire by John Eldredge
Are you like this sea lion, living in a place that is foreign to you? But because you have lived in this environment for so long it seems like home? Is your environment so full of clutter and chaos and that as much as you may not like it, you’ve accepted it and it feels normal to you?
Let me challenge you to take a step back and really assess the chaos you are living in and create a desire in your heart, mind, will and emotions to go back to the environment that will truly bring you peace. Like the sea lion that needs to go back to the sea, you also need to go back to your place of peace.
If you are thinking and/or saying that this is how you live and it’s ok, I bet I could help you uncover the fact that you are living in a sense of denial. When our environment is a mess, there are many consequence of allowing it to stay that way. It could be that you struggle constantly to find items you need. Or you are always late paying bills or tending to the things that need to be tended to. But the greater issue is that if your environment is in chaos it definitely spills into your emotional life. It could bring on depression, anxiety and strained relationships.
So look around. Take the blinder of denial off and really take a good look at your home or office and ask yourself, “Is this how I really want to live, have lived and will continue to live?” Once you’ve answered honestly and can see that your environment needs to change, congratulate yourself. You have taken the first step.
The next step will be to determine how you will bring your environment back into order. There are many “self-help” books to help you with this process. Or, if the process seems overwhelming, consult with a Professional Organizer who can help you go from Chaos to Order!
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