I am nearing the end of week two of Craig Harper’s GYST challenge. I am proud to report that I am still on track – mostly. Some days I am ahead, others I am behind, but it is all evening out in the end.
My goal was to clear my house of clutter so that it didn’t look so
messy lived in all the time. I have thrown out lots of stuff and donated more to Goodwill. It is coming along nicely.
During this process, I have realized that some things that seem unrelated aren’t. Two examples.
This first one I already knew about myself. My day changes based on whether or not (or at what point) I put on makeup. I learned this when I was 17 and a tonsillectomy ruined my life (well, a few days of it). Mom grew weary of the moping and told me to go “get yourself together.” This meant a shower, fresh clothes, and “putting on your face.” I felt better.
Tested the theory when I delivered my first baby. After the delivery, I “got myself together.” Hmm…this works pretty good.
Now I know, if I want to be productive and feel ready to tackle the world, it is not a good idea to skip the makeup. If I plan on relaxing and getting some rest, I will probably do better without it.
The second example is new to me and a further stretch to understand than the makeup relationship. My house is beginning to lighten up. It stays
cleancleaner, things are easier to find, progress happens faster. I feel motivated to eat better.
Huh? Motivated to eat better? Yep…the more I clean, the more I feel the urge to eat healthy. The more put together the house is, the more nutritious I feel. Weird.
I can’t explain the relationship between these things (maybe the first, but not the second). But, they are real and obvious. Makes me think I need to start paying more attention to how the seemingly unrelated things in my life are affecting each other. There may be a goldmine (or a land mine) lurking around somewhere that I can use to my advantage.
Have you considered that things that don’t seem like they would relate to each other actually do? Can you explain it (especially the house-food thing)? How can we discover these hidden relationships and leverage them to our advantage?