Discoveries being what they are (i.e., obvious), it sometimes takes a little while before awareness sinks in--no matter much we absorb. The quality of information taken in may be part of the situation. We wonder why we make mistakes, when so many of us are considered educated.

Although we experience tests and sorting at various times in life, we are imperfect beings. Choosing the best can be a tricky proposition. We may not always be certain that our choice is the best one. If we are honest, we can recognize there is a level of fear and anxiety associated with choice, even when it is something we do every day.

Is our heart or mind closed to the possibility of discernment? We might know weeding through things is important in life, while part of us hesitates to discard something that has been created. We attach feelings to manufactured objects, giving them more power over us than might otherwise be considered healthy.

Our personal level of discernment is something to analyze from time to time. It is like taking a mirror and checking around to see what is reflected. Is that reflection accurate? Can we look at a messy room and see the magic that lies underneath? More importantly, what is the best feature to be selected from that view? This is the crux of utilizing judgment in a beneficial way.

There are aspects to being discerning that go beyond an appreciation of good design or organization. We might look at whether an object is ergonomic in his form, pleases the eye, and serves a useful purpose. It is even better if an object is multifunctional.

We do not want to become complacent in thinking that if we continually operate with a high caliber of discernment, always striving to perfect what we have, that we cannot do better. We may know people who feel their lives are so perfect that there is no improvement necessary, so they do not bother to check.

Challenges to discernment are definitely something to keep in mind. One aspect is that if we are inclusive, we accept the good and the bad together and are less likely to discard the things that are no longer serviceable. This can easily lead to an imbalance, as many of us can attest. It might be why many of us suffer from an overabundance of ‘stuff’ for which we have no use.

A word recently brought to mind where clutter is concerned is “curate.” Yes, like the role of a museum employee, we are all presented with the opportunity to be and look our best, do our best, include and shine with the best and brightest, and to discard what does not fall in to the “best” category. How many photos, pairs of shoes, and piles of papers might we think of as being ‘the best?’

For some of us, curating and discernment comes effortlessly. You probably know people who are able to find a needle in the haystack, who have a place for everything with an eye for beauty, and live perfection constantly. We admire friends who are able to give their own special touch to life, while the rest of us are still busy sorting through last year’s mail and deciding what to do with clothes that no longer fit.

There is always room for improvement. In fact, making room is an active exercise in creativity. We may recognize a natural, inner urge to continue and grow. Spending the time to mindfully discern the ‘stuff’ we want to keep might leave us with less negative judgment of people, which would be a good thing. We can appreciate the way things can cycle around as we exercise our discerning muscles by curating the best examples of our life for us all to experience.

It could be prime time for rediscovery. Namaste ~ Blessings!

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Comment by Kathy Custren on December 4, 2012 at 9:30pm

Thank you, Hector--you take care, too, my friend. :) ~ Blessings!

Comment by Hector Contreras on December 4, 2012 at 8:45pm

An excellent Article all the way. I like it very much. Take care, Hector

Comment by Kathy Custren on November 27, 2012 at 12:26pm
Thank you, Dawn. Funny to think work is leading into January already! ~ Blessings!

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