Clutter: A Sad Statement or An Opportunity

iStock_000001562904XSmall“Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.” Donna Chnupa

When life is particularly challenging, isn’t it pretty normal to question whether you’ve done something wrong? Or wonder, “Why me?” I remember feeling that way when my first marriage was falling apart and I felt so shattered. What I couldn’t see at that time is that everything was as it should be. The pain of betrayal was the catalyst I needed to shift my attention from taking care of others to getting to know and understand myself. It was the beginning of a spiritual journey that eventually led to healing old wounds, developing a new, strong sense of self, new work, new love, self-employment and clarity about what really matters to me.

Bill Harris in Thresholds of the Mind writes of chaos and reorganization as a natural process of healing and growth. According to him, “Chaos is an essential part of the growth process, and should be welcomed rather than resisted. It represents the death of the old and the birth of the new.”

It takes a shake up of the old ways of thinking, doing, and being to reorganize at a higher level. So often that shift happens in the process of enduring difficult times. You hate where you are in the moment, but if you keep moving forward without taking the easy way out (alcohol, drugs, over-spending, other addictions), you will end up in a better place personally and professionally.

What if you could look at the chaos of your clutter as an opportunity that if faced and reorganized could take you to a better place personally and professionally? Would you be more motivated to deal with it or seek help to deal with it? You have a choice of seeing clutter as a sad statement about you, your value and worth, or as an opportunity to reorganize at a higher level.