Thursday, January 19, 2017
Leave One Task Undone
My parents had different opinions about clutter. Mother liked her drawers and closets tidy with everything in its place. They would meet a military inspection. Before breakfast on school days, my father pounced through my room asking me to put away everything that collected on surfaces or the floor. I raced around stuffing the clutter into drawers and closets.
Over the years, I have adapted both techniques although I do like outside areas to reveal a neat appearance first. Stuffing at the last minute brings memories of my father's suggestions. My drawers do not have the neat rows that Mother promoted.
Preparing for an upcoming trip, I launch into my organization skill set; write sticky notes, begin laundry, add items to the suitcase. My mind whirls to get ready. Wandering around the house to gather order, a desire to organize down to details takes over.
Soon, playfulness and laughter come to my rescue as I decide which task to leave undone. Mission accomplished. Then I add another. Neither parent would feel proud.
As our drive to the airport shuttles us through traffic my mind wheels to thoughts of items I might have forgotten to pack?
Time to take a few breaths and relax into my turtle mentality. I have all I need.
Consider ways to approach Uchiyama's words of wisdom. Can you leave something incomplete or a task left undone?