The School of Life…

They should make T-shirts…I survived the first day of school…and…all the staff should wear them on…the second day…as a badge of honor…

To say that the first day is…organized chaos…is misleading…because…it’s really not that organized…oh…it’s not from lack of…planning…it’s not from lack of…systems…in place…oh…far from it…the entire summer has been spent…determining…the best…most efficient…of doing things…

But…mysteriously…at about 9:00 pm…the night before…when the school is closed…and…everyone should be home…getting ready for bed…it all breaks loose…teachers resign…schedules need to be changed…rooms are suddenly no longer available…you name it…it happens…gears are shifted…and…Plan XYZ…is implemented in the wee hours…with no rest for the weary…

But…the school must go on…and…it does…bright and early the next morning…a line forms…of parents eager to…quickly…do what could have…should have…been done during the summer…

Of course…then…there are the students…who…even with a schedule in hand…have no idea…what they are supposed to do…the younger ones…don’t know how to open their lockers…the new ones…even after a tour…are totally lost…and…there are the little ones…who are learning to walk in a straight line…with one finger over their lips…but…still managing to talk…

Bertha…says…it reminds her a lot of my life…she said…she could plug…me…into pretty much any of those scenarios…from…being the one…causing things to fall apart…to putting off things to the last minute…and…becoming impatient…to not knowing what I’m supposed to be doing…well…the list goes on…ending with…I still manage to talk even with a finger over my lips…

But…the main thing…according to…Bertha…in my life…and…in the school year…is…that things do settle down…schedules become routine…lockers…AKA…new tasks…are mastered…rules are learned…but…most importantly…learning takes place…

And…isn’t that what it’s all about…

Jane

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