CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I've been running on empty lately. It seems my life's been "out of order."
Too many commitments, scheduled activities and back-to-back trips out of town. After a while, they take their toll.
I know my outer world is a mirror of what's taking place in my internal world, so I started to examine the chaos to make sense of it all. I decided I don't need any more speeding tickets to remind me!
We all know it feels better to have things in order. I often give thanks for systems in my life that are "there" for me.
And, yet, I've allowed the chaos to dominate lately -- and I haven't kept the systems in place to accommodate the overload. Maybe you can relate.
My research led me back to one of my all-time favorite books, "Simple Abundance." Author Sarah Ban Breathnach provides a reading for each day, divided into sections of six principles:
"These are the six threads of abundance living which, when woven together, produce a tapestry of contentment that wraps us in inner peace, well being, happiness and a sense of security," she says. To which my weary soul responds, "Put me in, Coach!"
I'll cut right to the chase with the concept of order because this is what's screaming most loudly to me.
"Whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed by outside circumstances -- worries about money, concern over a sick family member, or anxiety over prolonged business negotiations -- instinctively I turn to homegrown rituals to restore my equilibrium," says the author. "There is an immediate emotional and psychological payoff to getting our houses in order."
That's when it hit me: I need to "order in." While we can't always control what's happening externally in our lives, we can learn to look to our own inner resources for a sense of comfort that nurtures and sustains us.
If you're constantly feeling adrift and don't know why, you might want to explore the role that order, or the lack of it, plays in your life.
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