Just recently, I picked up Lorrie Flem's Organizing Happiness...mainly because, as you can guess, I am finding myself in great need of some organizing help. I don't know about you, but I have a love-hate relationship with organizing. For me, the hardest part is just setting up my system. After that, I love it! Over the past few months, with all the uncertainty about what was coming up for us, I found myself floundering. I don't know what happened. I just found myself keeping very busy but getting absolutely nothing done. Maybe some of you know what that's like! And because I wasn't getting anything done, or because I was doing things that I didn't want to be doing while not doing what I really wanted to do (sounds a little like Paul in Romans 7!), I was getting stressed out, and yes, a bit snappish as well. Not good.
When the opportunity to read and write a review for Organizing Happiness came up, I thought this would be a great time to get started. It's a short read, briefly covering four topics: clearing clutter, happy habits, spiritual weapons for happiness and quick organizing tricks. Lorrie gives seven tips in each of these four categories.
The one section that really struck me was the one on happy habits. You know how we end up just sliding into bad ones so easily? I can sabotage even the best set family routines just simply by my bad habits.
I don't know about you, but I am a perfectionist. Whether that's just a personality quirk or an issue that needs healing from the Lord, it is a trait that is ingrained deeply in me. Well, Habit #4 was, ironically, "Put aside perfection." Easier said than done! For me, I have these dreams of having a perfectly ordered house, all my lesson plans for the school year written out, and my meal system and pantry up to date. Of course, I am nowhere close, so I let my imperfection keep me from taking steps towards making those things a reality. Somehow, I have believed that unless I can do it perfectly, I shouldn't even bother.
I appreciated then, Lorrie's reminder that my goal needs to be progress, not perfection. Which then led to Habit #6, which was breaking down my goals into little steps instead of trying to do it all at once.
So, for those of you who have noticed, I have not been as consistent in my blogging as I was when I started out. It's not that I don't have anything to say. It's just the overwhelming thought of what God wants me to focus on! There are so many possibilities! But instead of just taking one step I am looking at everything I could write about. Then I get overwhelmed, and write...nothing.
Well, a new month to me is always a new start. Somehow I have a new burst of hope come the first day of every month. When the new year comes, it's even better. Thankfully, our God is always one of new beginnings. I am setting myself a goal to organize my blog a little better (good news for you!), taking it a step at a time. Part of it is trying to set a more reasonable goal, like writing three times a week instead of aiming for every day!
Thanks for being patient with me as I grow in this blogging journey. I have also since switched servers which has thrown me for a loop, so I am going to beg your patience a little more. At least for this month, okay? By the Lord's grace, I hope to be able to blog on a more predictable schedule come January. I still want to enjoy this holiday season with my kids, so I may still be spotty. But I will be working on it...in baby steps! My first goal is to make a list of possible blog topics and then go from there. Ideally (and I need to remember not to let this stop me!) I'd like to get things lined up a week in advance so I am working ahead, not cramming from behind.
So for those of you who have wondered how I get it all done, rest assured---I am not really any different than you. I still struggle too. But I also know that I have a choice. I can move forward with the Lord guiding me or I can just let my schedule and life engulf me. I think I'm ready to move forward. Are you?
As for the review, I didn't even cover the other sections, but I would like to spend more time in reflecting on Lorrie's section on spiritual warfare. Like I said, it's short and to the point. On the other hand, I also wished there was a little more detail. As a detailed person, I do like a little more than just an outline. However, it is helping to point me in the right direction. It's not brand new ideas to me, but a good reminder.
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