Is Mess a New Order?
© Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya
I do not know where in the world I am going to be for the Christmasand New Year's celebrations this year. By mid-December one oughtto know her plans for the most sentimental family holidays, don’tyou think? I could not agree with you more strongly.That is why when I looked at the string of emails, praising yourstruly as a "life-style guru", "the one who knows where she goes","the personal development think-tank", "the positive thinking coach","the unstoppable planner and achiever" , "the happiness goddess" andso on, I found myself frowning.I was uneasy, feeling as if I have created a false impression of myself. I am not perfect. No, I’mreally not. Neither do I possess any superior qualities. In truth, I am telling people the thingsdeep in my heart I know to be true, but not all of which I have utilized for my own everyday use.I am learning to grow with the help of my readers – ordinary mortals just like yourself. And justlike many of you, having received a boost of positive inspiration, I am eager to put my life inorder and move in a straight line towards a goal, taking occasional side-trips to enjoy life.But once the boost is over, I find that my head is stuck in the sand and I truly believe, that in thisostrich manner I can wait out the situations that need my decisions, and everything will beresolved by itself until one day my hero comes to the desert and builds a house around myshapely butt sticking out of the sand. Then he will make it a home as I graciously drag my headout of the sand and present the rest of myself to him.But sometimes the sand becomes too hot, and I must act. This is the time I realize that thecallings of my heart are too quiet and difficult to hear, and my goals are too vague to orient on,and the candle I have does not provide enough light to see that next step which Martin Luther King claimed to be enough to start the journey of a thousand steps.This is the time when I gravely admit that I am a mess, cannot see the bigger picture, hear myintuition and take steps forward. They say if you do not know what road to choose, just act,choose any road and make it right for yourself. And there is a whole industry helping us toorganize clutter in our houses and workspace, a task, which self-improvement gurus advise toconnect to the believe, that organizing your physical space, you are organizing your mentalsphere, too. The universe loves symbolism, you see.Ziplocs of all sizes are getting filled up with collections of greeting cards and boarding passes; plastic tubs are stuffed with emotional treasures I do not want to part with and sales of home-organizing products keep going up and up to a projected 7.6 billion USD by 2009.The ancient instincts of our ancestors speak in us in hope that we realize the omnipresentconnection between physical surroundings and mental clarity, one of the aspects of the science of Feng Shui. The US National Association of Professional Organizers played significant role in