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Hidden Gems In The Clutter

There are gems hidden in the clutter. Sometimes it's money, jewelry, important documents, or old photos. When we search through all the clutter we never know what we'll find. This week I was with a client who had hidden her talents in the clutter. Yes, talents!
My client had moved into her apartment in July. She came to the area from far away. She left friends, family, and a familiar lifestyle behind, and had no close ties here. Even though she had purged much of her stuff she was still overwhelmed by what she had left. She left most of it in the moving boxes in the various rooms of her new apartment. Each time she walked into the living room, den, kitchen, office and bedroom she was continually reminded of all the work she had to do to get settled. So she avoided it all until last week when she contacted me.
Moving from familiar surroundings to a place with no strong connections and feeling uncomfortable in her living environment added up to a mild depression for my client. She shopped to make herself feel better which only added to her overwhelm. She was doing what so many of us do when we feel lost and alone; looking outside of herself to find happiness. The one thing that could make her happy in all this disorder was hidden.
Her beautiful piano was inaccessible surrounded by several huge boxes. When she talked about playing she lit up, but she hadn't played since before July.  One of the first rooms we'll tackle will be the piano room. When she reacquaints herself with her joy-- talent-- she'll be able to bring order to her space and her life with more ease.
When we are able to connect with our joy, the lightness within us, it automatically impacts our outer life. We don't need to look outside of ourselves. Expressing our talents, being in service to another, being playful with someone we love and feel safe with, or finding that stillness within us are some of the ways we can be happy.
Do you have any gems hidden in the clutter?
Wishing You Much Happiness!

posted on: 3/20/2008 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side

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The Nature of Being Organized

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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.

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My Favorite Books

  • The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
  • It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul
  • Organize With Confidence by Elizabeth Hagen
  • The Secret Of Letting Go by Guy Finley
  • Life Is Short--Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta La Roche
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin
  • Loving What Is by Byron Katie
  • Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber
  • "Happiness Now!" by Robert Holden, PhD.

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