2011 was a hard year for many. Some lost their homes, their jobs, possibly suffered an illness and/or loss or maybe they spent the year like a ball of nerves. Some worried about life, loved ones, health, survival and their own mental state. As we enter 2012, we continue to think about ways to make things better in our lives, knowing deep inside of us that this cannot happen unless we are able to make ourselves better. We may argue with ourselves and be convinced that there is nothing really more we can do with what we have within us, but no matter what, we can always get better. 2011 was, in every sect of society, a convoluted time. A time where good and evil, money and poverty, politics and statesmanship, education and ignorance, religion and secular humanism consolidated itself into a big ball of confusion. Life became messy and unorganized for many, even those seemingly doing well.
Although each of us is different and each situation and circumstance is unique, a convoluted life makes for an unorganized and messy journey. 2011 has left many feeling a bit untidy and scattered, to say the least. There is a profound psychological thread that binds all areas of our existence into one distinctive unit. This thread is called organization. Dictionary.com says, “The objective of getting organized is to put [oneself] in a state of mental competence.” When we are able to put our hands on things in our lives, we feel competent and content. We are able to accomplish goals we may have for that day. The thought of needing to put our hand on something in order to meet a goal and not knowing where to look is very unsatisfying. Therefore, when we decide to tidy up, our method of tackling the 2011 results takes individual genius that brings solutions.
Have you ever met someone that you got to know in a social environment and found yourself impressed with who and how they seem to be? One day you walk to their car with them to get something out of their trunk and their trunk looks like a trash bin? Or maybe you happen to glance in their back seat and you see candy wrappers and fast food bags on the floor mixed with a few of their work files? Laugh if you will, however, many professional organizers and psychologists, who often refer clients to each other, believe that clutter can be indicative of underlying psychological issues.
2011 seems to have left a mess and no matter how we work the room when people meet us, the mess is still there unless we clean house and reorganize our personal lives. Hidden clutter develops a bad mental state. Our private life should be our sanctuary, our refuge away from chaos in the world.
It is up to us to determine the point of repair.
The simplicity of organization in our own personal lives can segregate us from the chaos out in the world. It brings mental health, competence, emotional balance and perspective in our life. When a person is disorganized in their everyday coming and going they will be disorganized in every aspect of their work and social life. They will find it hard to put life’s challenges into perspective. They will procrastinate and find themselves missing beautiful moments. Time will fly by with an unproductive reality that brings an unhealthy state of mind. Our state of mind has been tampered with this year. Many positive thoughts have turned negative and faith has, in many cases, turned to doubt. The idea of “hope” is dwindling as the media prepares us with their interpretations of current events. We listen and realize we cannot change current events, but we can keep our mind healthy.
PROCESS YOUR ATTACHMENT TO YOUR CLUTTER
Just as you have seen others become hoarders in their homes, we can become hoarders of challenges without solutions, questions without answers, disappointments without hope, religion without faith and on and on. Entering 2012 with a healthy mental state is imperative to your success. The only way to accomplish this is to stop and reorganize your life.
Perfection is an inaccessible goal, but making the most of what you have been able to do in 2011 and what is available to you is the closest place to perfection in our lives. There is always room for improvement and there is always a simpler, better, and more efficient way of getting things done if you look hard enough to find it.
What is your attachment to the unorganized things in your life? Whether it be in your bedroom, office, automobile, financial records, expenditures, living style, the way you process current events, or your spiritual growth; you can take each category and organize it in your mind – reaping a strong and healthy mindset for 2012.
No one promises the challenges will be removed immediately, but if your mind is healthy and strong and processing the way it was meant to, you will find yourself more than competent to handle the issues of life.
As we prepare with anticipation for 2012, it is advised we organize in our minds – 2011. To consolidate everything together will only make you incompetent, confused and exhausted.
ENTER 2012 WITH A TRANSFORMED MIND
- Begin by counting the blessings you did have in 2011 and then quickly express your appreciation to G-d for them.
- The challenges and shortcomings of 2011 can quickly be cleaned and organized in your mind. Envision a barrel in front of you. Think on the struggles and hard times and ask yourself if you can throw it away and keep the lesson in it? There will be some problems that have not been solved and other problems that have. What is solved, throw out and learn from it and what is not solved, place on a fix-it list with the mindset that it will be fixed.
- Once you have made the fix-it list, categorize each one (example: personal, business, relationships etc.). Under each category, write out a plan to fix it.
- There may be some things you cannot fix. Put them on a separate list and say a prayer over each one with faith. The bottom line is – if you cannot fix it and it is out of your hands, it is better for it to be in G-d’s hands.
- Look at your surroundings and begin to clean the clutter and reorganize everything that has become convoluted. Next, separate that which should not be consolidated.
- Reestablish your connection with G-d and your faith.
- Begin to plan for 2012 with perspective and mental competence.
This may be much too simple for some, but rest assured, you will gain perspective and be strengthened for the year ahead.
May G-d bless you in 2012 and may your labor and efforts for success, happiness, health and love be met with fullness of Joy.
Happy New Year
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