It is a brand-new year, Hooray! Now that the holidays have passed, so many of us face the clean up of decorations. As usual. In fact, many of us take this “fresh” time of year to not only clean-up, but set up all sorts of “resolves” for this next 12-month cycle of time. It feels right to take a good look at things as we face a whole new year. We think of possibilities: how we might do something different or better in our Now; perhaps, we might better organize the things we have or the time we spend.
Organization is a skill that we all share to varying degrees of effectiveness. Some people are very organized, and you can almost tell by looking at them. By the very way they breathe or carry themselves, they reek of efficiency and precision. When someone is really organized, they have a very deep understanding of how things are going. They realize items have their place or use.
Organization is not just limited to hard items, such as being able to put a deck of cards in order, or alphabetizing an old recipe book. Organization starts, as most skills usually do, within the deep recesses of our mind. Before we can attempt to catalog “stuff,” we need to have a clear vision of what that will be. A writer, musician, or artist may admit the organization process surely does begin with putting our mental processes in order first, often using some sort of outline or structure. Will the job take bins, binders, cabinets, or maybe even a whole other room? Can elements be worked into existing space in a pleasing way, or will something more need to be done?
The skill of organization can be very mindful in nature. If we choose to examine just what that means, consider the way we first envision a situation. Even after the inspiration reaches us (from whatever Source it may originate), the idea alone is not enough. As I have said, the desire to organize something--even an event--begins with the planning or view of what we eventually want to do, or how we would like the event to go. Once we can “see” that goal, the next part is determining how to get from “here” to “there.” We may ultimately decide the idea or goal is not worth pursuing. There is always that option.
We might see organization as a journey of sorts at this point. Again, still mindful of each step along the way, we figure out the best way to handle the next part that needs doing. We might grab a bunch of papers and either sort through them, or figure out whom to invite to the party and place them on a guest list. We then must do something with those--either toss the papers, file them away, write invitations and mail them. We determine the best way to put words, music, or lines on paper.
We then move through the process, continuing with each phase of the journey. We welcome the task at first. Sometimes, we become so involved with it we can feel very “at-sea” or a bit out of our element. This is when we either figure out how to resolve a problem or ask someone else for help or advice. If we can do it alone, great; but sometimes a job is best handled with more than two hands. Our organization skills do not discount this possibility. Just as we utilize such tools as folders, planners, etc., knowing when to call for help is another piece of skill. Again, mindfulness plays a big part in realizing we are not alone, and that you have a situation in which someone else can play a part. Great partnerships are formed over the organization process associated with creating something else.
If you are organizing “stuff” and have sorted through the items, one great way to cut down on clutter is to get rid of what you do not use “Now.” We all are very good at gathering and storing things for later use, but may find ourselves overwhelmed at some point. Quite a few things can be donated, either to places here or overseas who can really use them. As with knowing when to call for additional hands, figuring out the best place to donate can take some investigation and a call for help. Some people will place “free” items outside their home for neighbors to take. Others will recycle old books, donate clothing to a thrift shop or church charity, or keep a handy list of numbers who take “anything” as a donation. Donation provides opportunity for others to use the “possibilities” we no longer need.
If you are organizing an event, you may decide to delegate parts of the action to trusted friends of family members to do. Just as we might choose the best place to donate, coordinating the best person with the task can take some real finesse. The goal is to have the event happen in the best way, so matching people to the job can be very instrumental in how successful the overall experience is--for everyone. When people offer to help, this is a chance, opportunity, opening to “create.”
‘Create what,’ you might ask. While most organization or clutter-free experts advise us to come up with a “useful” identification label as part of the process, we might do better to consider our “relationship.” Whether it is with a “thing” we utilize or a person to whom we might delegate part of the larger task, the relationship is really a vital thing, a living thing, which we create as we make our way along. In this way, our mindfulness plays a big role in managing that creation aspect and keeping it alive with us as we experience life itself. People who create on a regular basis do come to think of their masterpieces as their offspring, or as children, who go on to have a life of their own.
Rather awesome to consider, is it not? It may give a completely new perspective to some of the “baggage” we carry with us. How does our “organization” come across to others? The next time you decide to organize something, I hope you not bemoan the “chore” as much as you delight in the possibility of creation. Maybe bring a friend or two along for the experience?
Namaste ~ Blessings!