I'm taking so much comfort in reading a book that belonged to my husband's late aunt. I love believing that she touched these very pages I'm touching and felt inspired by the very words I'm reading. We miss you Aunt Lor.
Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach was published in 1995. Sara's entry on January 16 is so comforting to me and I want to share it with you. It starts with a quote from Pearl Buck, "Order is the shape upon which beauty depends."
Sara continues to write, "If you feel constantly adrift but don't know why, be willing to explore the role that order--or the lack of it--plays in your life. No woman can think clearly when constantly surrounded by clutter, chaos, and confusion, no matter who is responsible for it. Begin to think of order not as a strait-jacket of "should" (make the bed, wash the dishes, take out the garbage) but as a shape--the foundation--for the beautiful new life you are creating. It may be as simple as putting something back that you take out, hanging something up that you take off, or teaching those who live with you that they must do the same for the common good of all.
There is a Divine Order--a Sublime Order--inherent in the Universe. We can tap into this powerful source of creative energy when we are willing to gradually cultivate a sense of order as to how we conduct our daily affairs. Invite Divine Order into your life today and a more serene tomorrow will unfold."
Whether you are a believer in Marie Kondo's philosophy of Tidying Up, or you roll your eyes and dismiss it as fluffy advice, there is incredible wisdom in her message. The glossy images evoke an unrealistic view for many of us and lead us to believe we "should" follow her "trend," but what is not captured is the deeper purpose and need for creating order in our life.