KISS Me Quick…

Recently…I’ve been…cleaning out…the garage…the cabinets…the closet…whilst I was sorting…and deciding how to best store what remained…Bertha…strolled by long enough to remind me…of a principle that I read several years ago…in the book…Organizing From the Inside Out…by…Julie Morgenstern…

Essentially…it said…that it didn’t matter how fancy or expensive your organization system is…if it isn’t convenient…you won’t use it…

The wisdom of that statement…has proven itself to me time and time again…as I have moved at least three times since reading it…now…I try to look at each item…and consider its use…how often I use it…and how convenient it needs to be…obviously…the coffee maker…wouldn’t get returned to the garage on a daily basis…and…sits on the counter…the pancake griddle…on the other hand…can be stored in the cabinet…and brought out on special occasions…before relegating it to a new home…

I also set my office up at work…using the same principle…how convenient will it be to file a document…do I have to get up and walk across the room…or…can I just swivel in my chair…

I took the reminder…and continued sorting and storing…thinking…that was that…but…we’re talking…Bertha…so…of course…she said it reminded her of my life…

Huh…

First…she brought up…exercise…it doesn’t matter how expensive the gym membership…or…the sports equipment…if it’s not convenient…I’m not going to do it…

Hmmm…

Then…she continued with…diet…again…it doesn’t matter how incredible the plan is…if it isn’t convenient…I won’t stick with it…

Hmmm…

Lastly…she mentioned…spiritual practice…again…reminding me…that if I make it too complicated…have to be in a certain chair…at a certain moment…after fasting…or…whatever limitations I might put on it…I won’t do it…

Hmmm…

And…she’s right of course…I have found all of those things to be true as well…now…I wonder…how will I store this…wisdom…so that I can easily retrieve it…

Jane

Life’s Way…

Yesterday…I didn’t write a blog…I didn’t go for my morning workout…I didn’t get to work on time…and…most importantly…I didn’t feel guilty…

So…what was I doing that was more important…than these important things…well…it all started the day before…with a phone call from Mama…she had fallen…could I bring some bandage supplies on my way home from work…

She has fragile skin…so that didn’t concern me too much…but…her next comment did…wellI did go down on my knee and it’s hurting pretty bad

What can I say…my nurse instincts kicked in…I left work as soon as I could…and went straight to her house…to find a very swollen knee and she could barely hobble…we went to the ER…where it was initially pronounced…not broken…wrapped and we came home…but…I didn’t want to leave her alone for fear she might fall during the night due to the pain and awkwardness of trying to get up…so I stayed the night…

And…as a result…all of the above didn’t happen…and…honestly…as important as each of those things are to me on a daily basis…none of them mattered in that moment…the world didn’t come to an end…when they didn’t happen…

Now…the final report yesterday was…cracked…she’s been to the orthopedic doctor…she’s immobilized…things are being worked out…my sister spent the night…I’m writing my blog…I’m going to work on time…she’ll spend the weekend with me…I’ll make it to the gym…my house will get cleaned…all will be well…

Bertha…smiles knowingly…as she tells me…that…although I can set my priorities…life…will always have a way…of reminding me what’s truly important…

Jane