I do not seem to know how to make priorities. If I knew how to make priorities, I would be organized.
I love to take care of what comes in, like emails, right away. I'm pretty good at that. But when it comes to my physical space, organization seems to go out the window.
I can tell myself that this or that is more important than something else, and that there really are things I must give up doing. I can tell myself this a hundred times, and yet it seems that I see everything as equally important. This doesn't help with making priorities.
There are things I let slide, however, and there are some things I am going to have to deliberately let go of, like adding on graphics to emails. How I love to do that!
Maybe the basis, in my case, is not so much about importance at all but rather about my doing what I like to do more than I like doing something else. Maybe there is no other real reason.
As a rationale for doing what I like to do more than something else, I ask myself how do I really know what is important and what is not? A seemingly little unimportant thing could possibly make a difference in someone's life and could really be more important than something we might ordinarily think is more vitally important. Oh, the little things, yet who says they're little?
Meanwhile, there are physical items that are very important to me, and I don't know where I put them. I'll tell you what I mean.
This story begins with Nancy, who lives in England and has been posting on the forum and sometimes here. She has had to stop her medical practice because of an illness. Nancy has a balance of priorities in her life that I admire, and I just know that Nancy can always find what she's looking for.
I had asked Nancy to attach a photo so we could get a comment of hers onto the Reader Comment page of the web site. She didn't have a scanner and all and mailed me an 8 x 11 glossy photo from England. And what a beautiful photograph it is too. Nancy has one of those faces that you keep wanting to look at.
My daughter was going to scan Nancy's photo for me. The day my daughter asked for the photo, I couldn't find it. I looked everywhere. I came across old mail that should have been thrown out long ago, yet I couldn't find Nancy's photo. It must still be here, but where?
Certainly it would be better use of my time to make a system so I would know where to find things rather than hunting for them. It would be a far more fulfilling use of time to add graphics to my emails than to hunt for something. Almost anything would be a better use of time.
I really really wanted to get Nancy's photograph up on the website. She is important to me, and yet I couldn't find her photo. I was distraught. Finally, I gave up and confessed to Nancy that I had lost her beautiful photo.
Nancy wrote back something like this:
Heavenletters are like life-saving angels to me, and please don't be distraught over the photo. It is sooooooooo unimportant.
How nicely and simply Nancy interacts with the world.
Just the same, today I'm going to make another search for the missing photo.
How are you doing with organization?