Sunday, February 19, 2012

ONE STEP AT A TIME

A well-ordered life is like climbing a tower; the view halfway up is better than the view from the base, and it steadily becomes finer as the horizon expands.     
William Lyon Phelps

If you're considering the  changes needed to create the well-ordered life it may seem overwhelming in the beginning. As William Phelps says it's like climbing a tower. You're at the bottom and looking up and it looks impossible to climb. But if you take just one step  at a time and baby steps at that,  in no time you'll be feeling "finer" as he says. Even after the FIRST baby step you'll begin to feel the effects of a well-ordered life. You will feel a sense of accomplishment and you'll have a HINT of the feeling of serenity you can have when you bring order into your life and home.

When I married my husband he was a "messy". He was seemingly not bothered by trying to relax  surrounded by a mess of papers and "stuff". Me? I had to have my own little TIDY spot in order to relax and say, read the paper. But after learning to enjoy the "feel" of an orderly space to read and relax, he now knows the difference  and is much MORE SERENE in an area free of clutter. Don't get me wrong, we're not fanatical about it and we're not perfectionists. But we HAVE realized the stress that clutter brings and with simple new habits formed,  we feel calmer and more serene when sitting down to relax in our home. The small beginning of tidying up an area in which to experience the "calm" of an ordered home was the start of our WELL ORDERED LIFE. And it can be YOURS as well.

Remember the view steadily becomes finer as your horizon expands.


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