Today is a good day to inventory your behavior, an opportunity to begin anew with a clean slate.
Organization is a process that begins from the inside out. Often, when our lives are filled with clutter, the debris is only a reflection of internal disorder, unkept promises or agreements, imbalances in spending and time management or dishonesty and anger.Moving clutter to the garage or hiring a cleaning lady doesn't solve the problem. It may, in fact, highlight the internal difficulty. In addition to outward action, the solution requires time for reflection, forgiveness and healing.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is such a time for Jews. It is followed by 10 days of penitence during which friends and relatives are asked for forgiveness and how their behavior can be improved. The period ends on Yom Kippur, the day of atonement.
Even if you aren't Jewish, it can be an opportunity to join in reflection and review your own actions. You may find that cleaning up your communication in the following areas often manifests by reducing clutter.
- Co-workers: Unshared memos, letters, important information undelivered or unanswered action items. Is there a relationship - or many relationships - built on competition, envy or greed?
- Family: Messy rooms, disrespect for property of other family members. Has communication broken down? Can you talk, focusing on how much you love each other, not what you have done to each other?
- Neighbors: Unreturned tools, kitchen utensils or mail that has been delivered to the wrong address.
Guilt and self-pity do nothing to change behavior. So don't waste your reflections by creating a maudlin time.
Instead, you may choose to reflect in the most comfortable place in your home, possible with music and a candle. The Jewish faith recognizes this as a time of celebration and new directions.
So can you. Anytime.