Feeling overwhelmed, over-worked, exhausted, beaten down?
Ever feel like you have barely enough wherewithal to make it through the day?
Do you ever feel emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually drained at the beginning of the day, much less at the end of the day?
Look to your environment, your living and working spaces.
Without an orderly environment–whether at work or at home–it’s very difficult to sustain the clear thinking, focused energy, and creativity that’s needed to craft the soul-prospering life of your dreams.
But, wait a minute, you say. I’m a neat and tidy person: a-place-for-everything-and-everything-in-its-place is the mantra I live by. This doesn’t apply to me!
Not necessarily true.
While your space may be neat, tidy, and orderly, is it truly serving you?
You think yes! but I encourage you to take a picture of your spaces. I’ve found it eye-opening to see what the camera sees because it’s different than what my eyes see.
When we look at something, we’re not really seeing the true thing. We’re seeing our interpretation of that thing. This is why people, even those from the same backgrounds and same family with the same parents, can look at objects, art, movies, etc., and have totally different experiences.
The camera strips away all of the illusions, perceptions, memories, thoughts, feelings, and emotions that we’ve imbued our possessions with.
You may have a really cute apartment or home, or a totally awesome corner office but, when you look at it through a camera lens, what you see may surprise you. You may not have noticed that the furnishings are becoming tattered. To you they looked lived-in and comfortable, but really they are getting worn and showing their age.
You may notice that what you thought was an awesome work space that you were lucky enough to score at your job is actually a cold, austere, unwelcoming work environment.
When you look at the pictures of your living and work spaces you may see areas piled high with clutter and stuff. You thought it was comfy and cozy with reminders of pleasant experiences and happy times but the pictures show you something stuffy and stifling instead.
No worries! Don’t despair! You can make changes that will enhance the soul-prospering life that you’re crafting!
There are many books, sites, blogs, social media channels about de-cluttering and streamlining your spaces so I won’t go into the various techniques here. I encourage you to check them out, though.
It’s critical and essential to keep in mind the soul-prospering life you’re crafting. Looking closely at your living and work environments is an aligning process.
Keep the objects and things that continue to align with the soul-prospering life you’re creating. Weigh each object and thing against this standard to help you decide whether possessions stay or go.
For instance, you may have a prized chair that you’ve had since college days. It reminds you of that exciting time when the world was fresh and new and achieving your dreams seemed to be at your fingertips. The chair you see is colored by these memories and the emotions they evoke, however, the picture you took shows a sagging chair, perhaps with the upholstery worn tissue-thin in places.
Will this chair support you as you craft the soul-prospering life of your dreams?
Perhaps you answer yes because there’s something about that chair that helps you think and be creative.
On the other hand, you may realize that your college days are over and as wonderful and exciting as they were, your best days are still out in front of you.
Remember that this is an ongoing aligning process because your growth and development is never ending.
Remember, too, that as you step more fully into your soul-prospering life, take good care of what you have and of where you find yourself. Keep all of your environment neat and clean and in good repair. It shows honor and respect to the whole of yourself and your life, and it invites more and better into your life.
You can do this, I know you can!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,