Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Lesson 2. Unpack your bags in an orderly fashion.

I think I've mentioned I have a messy streak.
I will tell you now that I am not a half pie kind of gal.
Put two and two together and you'll discover what I mean is that I am the kind of messy that makes my flatmate scream every time she enters my rather unsightly quarters and bears witness to the 'floordrobe' situation.

Today I did something a little out of character and it felt really good.

I unpacked my bags in an orderly fashion. I didn't throw my clothing on the floor. I didn't just unzip my suitcase and take what I needed. I didn't make a mad dash through all items in search for the baking I had stashed. I put my knickers in my knickers and socks drawer, my winter clothes on the winter shelf and my suitcase in the storage cupboard. I placed my belongings where they belong. I then proceeded to eat 12 cookies (I realise this is irrelevant information but I feel quite naughty about the whole thing so consider that comment me coming clean, all I have eaten today is cookies and I'm about to make dinner)

This whole process got me thinking. Maybe the process of unpacking in an orderly fashion is something that needs to be applied to life in general.

If you've read my previous post, you'll know that I've been dreading the return to University. It stirs up all sorts of feelings that I'm often unwilling to deal with. Feelings like self-doubt, fear, homesickness, stress, loneliness, nostalgia. I can't help but wonder what the outcome would be if I unpacked these in an orderly fashion.

What would happen if I took my feelings and dealt with them? If I placed them in the appropriate places instead of letting them sit in the middle of my floor only to trip me up when I try to move forwards. What would happen if I always made sure I put my clothes in their correct drawers on my return? What would happen if I made sure my insecurities were left at the foot of the cross? What would happen if my shoes were put neatly back in their shoe rack and my heart was placed neatly in the hands of the only being capable of holding it?

I might be messy but today I learnt a lesson about the kind of tidiness necessary to keep chugging along. Do yourself a favour and always unpack your bags in an orderly fashion.

1 comment:

  1. That is so true. I have found that if I keep my life reasonably orderly - keep a bit of exercise going, go to the same meetings etc it provides a backdrop for healthily processing other things. Go Lyds!