Glass is shattered. The table top is destroyed. A few hours of falling snow and my glass table could not withhold the demands of the climate.  Perhaps I had the table set up on the back patio deck too early (April) for the Toronto weather!! I think the table umbrella was whisked upward by the force of the wind and smashed onto the table.  Oh well; the clean-up begins. I see the mess and I know what needs to be done. I’m just not doing it. Sound familiar?

Those glittery, sparkly large and tiny shards of glass are mesmerizing.  They become my focus. Is it that they are so shinny? New? Interesting?  When we choose to focus on something messy like a shattered table or a messy kitchen or closet, we think we know how to clean up the mess.  The steps maybe self-evident. In the case of a disorganised kitchen or chaotic closet decluttering and organizing are the 2 primary steps. My clients tell me they know this but making the strategic choices to declutter and organize they are unable to do themselves.   Knowing how to achieve the desired solution and following through with action can appear daunting and therefore impossible to achieve.  

As I stand staring at the messy glass littering my back patio deck my mind wanders; the shards take my focus away… they are so shinny!

Adam Grant has coined the name for this feeling – languishing. He says: “ Languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. It feels as if you’re muddling through your days, looking at your life through a foggy windshield. And it might be the dominant emotion of 2021.”

Ok that provides some clarity.

I need to make a change. Standing and staring at the shards will not get them cleaned up.  I am stuck.    I am languishing.

To refocus with purpose I must revisit, go back, to my foundational strategy.  My self-talk is filled with kindness and compassion. My premise is – if I have an organized decluttered home/office space then I will be able to organize my time and my mind better. Organized physical space is the first step to an amazing life. 

Some people find this a very challenging step since to declutter and organize strategically can appear to be a daunting task. One can get bogged down in the memories of items and the emotional connection to our possessions and the inability to make a decision about what to do with items. 

As I look at my deck covered with very shinny shards of glass, I grab my outdoor broom and dustpan and a box and begin to collect the shards. I need this space cleared so that I can continue moving forward with my goals.

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