“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
Clutter. Do you have any? I’m pretty “clutter free” in my house – EXCEPT for my son’s clothes which seem to appear EVERYWHERE throughout the house and especially on my kitchen table! Why is my kitchen table a magnet for human clothing you ask? Ask Shawn. He seems to believe with all of his sweet little heart, that every room of our house is just a handy extension of his room. I don’t know how many times I have told him NOT to put his clothes and even at times, his SHOES on my table – but to no avail. He is 18 and hearing impaired – nothing wrong with his normal hearing – he is just what we call “selective” in what he hears – which makes him “impaired”. I am about to threaten him with, “the next time I see your clothes on the table – I’m throwing them outside in the driveway!” But I haven’t done it yet. Why you ask? Because my own dear sweet husband ALSO contributes to this delinquency – by removing Shawn’s clothes out of the dryer in the laundry room and putting them ON THE TABLE!! So I can’t even use the threat – as it may not be Shawn’s fault at all. *Sigh* What am I do to with the men I live with?
My office/studio stays in what I would like to call – a healthy “lived in” state – with the appropriate amount of papers and music scattered throughout – but I mostly know where EVERYTHING is – until…Shawn and his friends decide to use MY computer in my office for watching youtube videos and the like – and then it’s anyone’s guess where my papers and music end up. Not fun. And I DO NOT like dishes or glasses left on my desk – for ME to take to the kitchen.
Greg says I will miss all of this annoyance some day when Shawn moves out and we are left alone and to our own devices. I think he’s wrong. Nothing against my daughter – but I DID NOT enjoy her clutter spread throughout the house when she lived here for 20 years – and I think it saved my sanity and our relationship when she moved out on her own. There’s something to be said for grown up children who MOVE OUT and get on with their lives – get married and come back to VISIT.
I love to find humor in any and all situations that I am faced with – and like the quote above I really DO believe that any situation can bring great opportunity to learn from a difficult situation. Whether this is in your immediate family circumstance – or in your other relationships. I live to find harmony with everyone – as long as it is in my power to do so. It is NOT always possible with some. But my reaction after a long journey of self discovery is this: those who will not try to live this way – or to rectify a past offense – it is not my problem. And I am free. Free to be me. Free to love those in my world that are daily reminders to me of God’s precious gift to me – my friends.
Have an awesome day, my friends. You are loved.