We often hear, “Don’t get discouraged.” I’d rather it be worded, “Don’t STAY discouraged.”
Discouragement is all too common an emotion. Most of us, if not all, have found ourselves living from time-to-time in that rundown establishment known as Hotel Discouragement. Do you visit there so often you have your own room? The trick is to stay there no longer. If we wake up in the depressing, filthy, crusted sheets of despair, the choice is ever present to get up and move to a sunnier place.
Here’s a good quote to help us do so. I found it at David Lebovitz’ website. He was speaking about writing cookbooks. Yet his advice pertains to all writers, artists and any other valiant individuals. David advises us all to shun the dark moods of despair, reminding us:
“…don’t be discouraged. Julia Child was rejected by almost everyone because Mastering the Art of French Cooking wasn’t considered salable. Later in life, another of her books that was turned down became a huge success.”
Hmmm. Good things really do come to those who patiently work hard…and who choose to move out of room 232 in that shady establishment, Hotel Discouragement.
Get organized. It is the symbol of a life well-tended.
Your organization can start with the smallest corners of your world. Organize a drawer. Organize a closet shelf. Organize your stationary. Just pick something to organize and do it.
And while you’re cleaning out that glove compartment, or the mud room, or your kitchen pantry, notice the feeling that comes when you work at something until it is finished.
All too often we stop before we’ve felt the glow of success. And we miss out on what that emotion can do to recharge us for today. Getting organized in the tiniest of ways teaches us we can work hard, we can do hard things, we can finish what we start. And that, my friend, can be amongst the most glorious of feelings.
So start today. Pick the tiniest of tasks and go organize it. Sensate the experience. Enjoy it. Then tomorrow pick a tiny bit bigger of a project. Etc. Soon enough you’ll be soaring through the most difficult of challenges with confidence. You can do hard things. You know what it is like to be a finisher.
All because you picked something today to organize. So go to it!
(And then write us and let us know how it felt.)