On this great journey I am traveling–I have really enjoyed organizing my life. I have felt that it has been a right of passage, in a way, that I have arrived at this moment in time.
The years of growing up, growing smarter, and growing children were extremely busy–full of things to do and places to be–years. And we made it, we have arrived!
Looking back on those years makes me smile and gives me a warm feeling. Even during difficult times–as life is wont to send you–I remember the good parts and the lessons I’ve learned.
Bad times–and rain clouds, make the good time and the rainbows brighter.
So as I organize my house and my life, I also take time out to organize my thoughts.
I imagine that I am not the only person whose mind is going nonstop and who has running lists of ideas and to dos traveling through her (or his) brain all the time. A brain who when not taken care of properly will wake me up in the middle of the night with thoughts and thoughts and thoughts.
In organizing my thoughts I have been journaling. Not a “dear diary” kind of journaling–but more of a stream of consciousness–in notes to myself.
I began journaling quite by accident. I few years ago, I had a garage sale because our family was making a big move to another city–the one we are in now. I met a lovely lady who went to garage sales and bought “stuff” and resold it in an antique resale consignment shop as a hobby. She bought a few things from us and then spent a few hours chatting with us.
I have to admit it made an otherwise boring garage sale enjoyable. And of course I never expected to see her again.
She came back the next day and gave me a small gift bag. She said she enjoyed our conversation so much she wanted to give me a little something.
Inside the gift bag was a blank journal. She inscribed it for me on the inside cover and it inspired me to write in it.
In it and in my other journals I organize my thoughts–and by organizing them I mean I just let it flow.
Organizing doesn’t always mean alphabetizing, putting things in numerical order, organizing by size, color or category. Organizing can be putting things the way they make sense for you.
It is a wonderful thing to be organized. It has helped me manage my time, my goals, my house, my meals, my grocery shopping and many other things.
I am enjoying “getting it all together”–but I know my thoughts will always be a free forming flow of some connected and some not connected ideas. Trying to organize them would be fruitless.
Journaling has allowed me to capture thoughts and lists and ideas that I come up with and somehow, miraculously they organize themselves. One leads to another and questions I have on any particular day finds its answer in a future writing. It is a miraculous process.
If you feel you have multiple thoughts going through your mind that contradicts other thoughts, try writing them down and letting it all flow…I think you will find that our disorganized and confusing thoughts actually have a time, place and direction for us.
Follow where they take you, there is an organization to them. And while you are journaling remember to have fun with it!