I expect to take at least six months respite from walking in the darkest valleys of my trauma, grief and loss, so that I may soak in some fresh air and sunshine on a grassy hill and experience some healing doing less with this part of my life and more with my professional goals. As Leo Babauta, the author of “The Power of Less” writes on pages 45-46,
Tackling a goal takes energy and focus and motivation, three things that are in limited supply in any person, no matter how driven. Taking on many goals at once spreads out your available energy and focus and motivation, so that you often run out of steam after the initial couple weeks of enthusiasm. Then the goals sit there on your list, gathering dust, while you feel guilty about not achieving any of them.
This phenomena described above is exactly where I find myself, with the professional goal of producing a book still on the shelf, balanced by the gratitude I feel to have tackled with Joan of Arc focus the initial estate goals of:
Phase 1. Jan 15 – Apr 15, 2014
Milestone (April 15, 2014): Estate Contents Triaged into 3 Areas (Easy: Yoga Room; Medium: Box Room; Hard: Root Cellar)
Phase 2. Jun 1 – Jul 31, 2014
Milestone (July 31, 2014): Marymac Missions’ Business Filing System Created!
Phase 3. Sep 15 – Dec 23, 2014
Milestone (November 25, 2014): Estate Easy Done, Yoga Room Reclaimed!
Milestone (December 18, 2014): Mary and Karl’s Personal Filing System Created!
2014 involved heavy spiritual-emotional lifting from me, and I’m sure I have a bigger spiritual-emotional muscle now, though it is invisible. The more organized and cleared spaces quietly show the development. I’m grateful to have had the companionship and expertise of professional organizers. For those organizers blessed with the patience to walk with clients managing estates, I share the words of Psalm 23:4 and invite you to consider your role as a spiritual gift: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.”
Moving forward with a listening heart,
vision, inquiry, and action,