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Ice Sculptures, Sandcastles and Snowmen

Have you ever watched an ice sculptor work? Some of them spend hours crafting stunningly beautiful creations. They attend to every detail, carving each line and curve with determination and vision. Every move they make has purpose and meaning. They put so much of themselves into the process. It is a true labor of love. Then in a few days or sometimes hours it melts away! How do they let go?
For those of us who make sandcastles and snowmen, we understand how the ice sculptor lets go. We know what we're creating is not permanent, but we don't allow our minds to drift and worry about how we'll feel when it's gone. We are more attracted to the creative pursuit than what we're creating. This is true non-attachment. We enjoy the creativity in the moment and make peace with letting go of our handiwork when the tide washes in or the temperature rises.
 We prepare ourselves emotionally to let go of our masterpiece. We accept that not being able to take it with us is just part of the process—the rules of the game. Our creation has come through us; it's not who we are. We can capture the memory with pictures if we choose, but we don't have to own the piece. This is true happiness.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could transfer this "magic" to all of our stuff? Just imagine never having the huge tug of inner conflict rise up as we contemplate letting go of that well-worn favorite winter coat, or the jewelry box from our childhood, or all the magazines stacked up in the den. Imagine that as we purchase each piece of stuff and take it home we are unattached to it. We are prepared to let it go at any moment without angst or regret. We see ourselves as temporary guardians. All of our stuff takes on the qualities of snowmen, sandcastles, and ice sculptures.
Stop and think about a life where money, memories and "what if's" no longer rule our emotions. We love our stuff for the time we have it and gently let go when it's time. We let go with grace and ease because we understand that our stuff isn't who we are, doesn't make us a good person, can't make us successful, and won't make us popular. Our stuff isn't the source of our happiness, it's just stuff passing through bringing with it temporary joy.
What's the real make-up of the ice sculpture, snowman, or sandcastle? Inside these temporary creations lives the heart, the soul, the Spirit of the creator. This is the magic. When we're connected to our true essence and the tides and temperatures of life make their grand entrance to clear away what we've created, there is no fear. There is only trust that all is well and a deep knowing that there will be other ice sculptures, snowmen, and sandcastles.
Happy Organizing!
Warmest Regards,

posted on: 5/1/2008 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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