I've begun reading my Simple Abundance book. It's interesting to read this book again after having done so eight years ago. I find that there are a lot of things in it that I have applied to my life. It's also great to reflect on how far I have come emotionally and spiritually since I read it back then when I was trying to work myself out of a depression and make sense of things on a spiritual level.
Yesterday's entry talked about the six threads of abundant living which it claims are: gratitude, simplicity, order, harmony, beauty, and joy. They are principles that build on each other. For the most part I think I've got gratitude down, most days anyhow. I think I waiver in the other areas though. Right now I think my focus is on achieving order in my life. I'm on the edge of becoming obsessive about it though, probably because my life feels so very disorderly. I look around me every where and see chaos, both personally and professionally. I feel buried by it. If I reflect on yesterday, I feel like I did get a lot accomplished. After writing my last entry, I went to the grocery store, I cleaned some more around here, and did several loads of laundry which I even managed to get put away. Yet, it feels like only a drop of water in the sloshing bucket of disorderliness that is my life right now. But, I am trying to remember the drop of water that I removed from the bucket instead of the water that remains to be moved. It may be small but it is movement and that's what I need to remember.
Today's entry talks about life not being a dress rehearsal. As I read the entry, I thought I had it down pat. It talked about not saving pretty china for company. I fully believe this concept. I do believe that we need to use the things that are precious to us and not save things for company or special moments because we never know how much time we have on this earth and every moment should be cherished. However, when the author began talking about the little things we can do for ourselves that make us feel better such as putting on makeup or doing our hair, I gulped. I feel more "together" when I take those steps but often times I don't take the time. Yeah, I can be a real frump sometimes. Okay, most of the time. I don't pay much attention to what I wear, and more times than not I don't wear makeup, even to work. Mind you, I'll never be a high maintenance kind of person. I've been there and the time it takes to remain there isn't worth it to me. But....there are some things that I can do that would enhance how I feel and wouldn't take that much more effort. So, this morning I will get in the shower early enough so I can take the time to put on a little make-up. I'll organize my jewelry so I can easily access it and start accessorizing my things better. And, I'll do it for me because it really does make me feel better and I am worth it! Life isn't a dress rehearsal, so why am I sleeping through it?