Day 141 ~ 177 Days of Unexpected Health Project

OCD: Organizing Creates Delight

I am ashamed of myself. I have gabbed for 140 days about all of the wonderful ways health is discovered unexpectedly. I have covered topics from coffee mugs to fear to being late. But not once on this journey have I dedicated a day to this topic that is quite near and dear to my heart. Well folks, today is the day I disclose the amazingly vast ways we experience Unexpected Health in…organizing.

For those close to me, you know about my ‘preference’ for organization (and for everyone else, I know I’ve talked about this numerous times). Oh, who am I kidding? I am borderline OCD when it comes to being organized. I just can’t help myself. I love to leave a place with everything in order. That way, when I return, I feel an immediate sense of ease because I don’t have to walk into a disaster zone. For me, the more peaceful the environment, the more peaceful I feel.

Now, being organized has both health-promoting and health-depleting qualities: organizing allows us to easily locate items we are searching for; but being obsessed with organization can cripple us from getting anything done because if it isn’t done “perfectly” (according to who?!), nothing gets done! Having an organized spirit allows for a greater capacity to juggle multiple tasks at once; but oftentimes, that ‘juggler’ becomes inundated with projects because, “they’re such a good organizer.” As you can see, being organized is a mixed bag. But today, as I talked about organizing and then did a little myself, I discovered that the Unexpected Health in being organized is that as you make healthier use of your time by keeping some sort of system for doing things, you are giving yourself a gift of possibility…and of course, being blessed with gifts in life is healthy.

When we are organized, we are freed up from the shackles that keep us from realizing our fullest potential. Being bogged down with playing ‘catch up,’ is like lacing up our running shoes and running a marathon. That feeling of exhaustion from physical exertion is much like the mental depletion we experience when catching up. Think about that term, “catching up.” Even the words are exhausting. Having to catch up implies that we are chasing after something…what is that we are trying to run to? Why are we so far behind?

Being organized ends the game of self-defeat…at least as best as it can. I don’t think it is realistic to expect that we will ever feel completely ‘done’ in life, and that’s a good thing. We should always want to be more, but not necessarily more busy, more stressed, or more tired. Organization allows us to be more free, more open to possibility, and more able to take health-promoting journeys. So, if you are feeling a little less-than-organized or are obsessively too organized (yes, that’s possible!), start taking some baby steps toward a middle ground. Let’s save the exercise for fun physical activity instead of dis-ease promoting defeat of trying to “catch up.” In the end, there is no race…so set the pace for your own sense of well-being. Start with a little organizing. -Until tomorrow, Jaime

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