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Life’s journey, releasing the clutter breeds warm heart.
Happy Valentine’s Day
Three days ago I created a new system for the items in my life that need handling and that I am afraid my “over 50” year old brain otherwise will forget; Today I got the first payoff! I had fashioned a clear protective pouch for my daily tote bag that holds two copies of our book just in case they are needed as I am out in meetings, and also holds the three or four crucial pieces of paper that I need to have to hand depending on where I am during the week. In the past, I have created stress for myself by worrying about whether I would remember to do a particular task, and so it occurred to me, how can I create a system that does NOT rely on my remembering in the moment, but will ensure that I will still have the item when I need it? I created the protective pouch by adding sturdy electrical tape to close the long edge of a 8.5×11 plastic sheet protector. I had put the smog renewal in the pocket. I was afraid that even though I would take my car in for the repair I would forget about asking them to do the smog test. I did not remember to ask them, as I had expected, but when it came to my new habit of putting the important papers in the same pouch, I was delighted to discover the smog paper! Yes, I exclaimed to all there, the system worked!
One of the things I love about being a photographer is how looking through the lens changes my perspective. Try doing this with a Knarly situation. Ask yourself, how do I feel, then what is true for me AND what is true from the perspective of the other person. Then ask yourself, what can I do? Listen deeply. Our wisdom lies within each of us. The answers will arise. Just as I look through the camera lens, slowing down to let the subject show me its gold, it’s true nature.
Pace yourself. I have set every Thursday to be the day to clear the next portion. When it has taken a while to pile up, it takes a little while to work through and release. But ah, l am so enjoying the peace and clarity of the left side of my desk and the beautiful colors revealed in its place – the right side of my desk is waiting for next thursday. Check back then:)
Thank you Rae, darling daughter, who helped me have the energy to face my closet. Plunged in. Grabbed gobs of hangers and put them on the Bed. Now at least there was a little room to maneuver. Decided to prune out my closet. Had to start by being brutal. Now down to business. Make it Easy. Haven’t worn it in a year? Toss! New policy. Re-gift, donate or just throw it away. Who would want to wear THAT? Enjoy the clear view. Clear the blockage. Wow it feels good. A new energy. Rebirthing my true me.
1500 Normandy Drive, Pasadena. At a holiday boutique today and tomorrow 9-4 supporting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
So excited to be here with the book! This book has been my opportunity to collaborate anew with my dear friend Barbara Hemphill, who embodies in her soul how to enjoy your life and accomplish your dreams. For this book, I was honored to do the photography and design and have a chance to feel which image might help what Barbara is saying with each page.