No - NWA is not Northwest Airlines, but No Wrong Answer - a brilliant acronym for the choices we have in life! I had a recent Facebook conversation with a friend who pointed out she was living life with an "NWA" approach. Admittedly I was clueless and had to ask for clarification.
When she explained the NWA approach it was like *palm slap forehead* duh! Exactly what we talk about in organizing sessions - I ask a million questions, and don't really expect an answer to all of them - it's more about getting the thought process started. Clarifying that there are NWAs is helpful - we need to stop judging ourselves by what we should/should not have/want/keep; rather we need to be in tune to what our possessions are doing to our thought processes!
So, folks, what are your thoughts on the NWA approach? Is it better to have any answer than struggle to come up with the "right" answer? Curious.....
A trip out to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, ND brought me to the lands of buffalo and prairie dogs as well as incredible landscapes, sometimes being able to see miles away in every direction.
What do I, as an organizer, take out of this? Well.....again....my mind wanders....First off I'm fascinated by prairie dogs - how they communicate, what they do underground, heck, what motivates them to come above ground....Thanks to Nat Geo I now know many of the answers.
What I really want to draw attention to here are not those amazing prairie dogs, but the connection I found between the mounds of buffalo poop and the cactus that would pop up here and there in the mounds. For every "fertilization" there can be a positive response. Life is kind of like that. Get pooped on? Make something good come of it. Learn a lesson (the hard way sometimes), or find a new direction that you might not have taken prior to the experience. Kind of a "life gives you lemons make lemonade" thing. You can do it!!!
Oh, and in case you're wondering why I don't have a picture of said cactus blooming out of said pile of poop - I was heavily warned by my fellow travelers that I best not get out of the car in an environment of loose buffalo!! Evidently they aren't as passive as they appear. Instead I took this picture on a hike far from any buffalo. Still, it shows evidence of a beautiful bloom in what appears to be a barren environment.
Load. Wash. Empty. Reload. It's like the circle of life....the dishwasher gets loaded. Cleaning commences. In a perfect world someone else unloads it....and the cycle starts over again. Load. Wash. Empty. Reload.
Yup. That's how it *should* roll (and you all know how much I dislike that word). In reality, does the dishwasher get loaded and unloaded routinely or does it all pile up until someone takes the initiative to do it?
Organizing systems are much like that - they can be in place, patiently waiting for us to use them (think hangers in the closet), and until we do they are useless. They also aren't a "one and done" kind of thing. To *be* organized, one must WORK to stay organized. I know, I know, it isn't what we want to hear. Just remember, 15 minutes a day can be the answer! Slow and steady wins the race.
Admit it. It feels so amazing to have that sink stay somewhat clean. It's also a big bonus when we don't run out of spoons... So whenever you just aren't sure you can muster the energy to keep up with the plan, remind yourself of the feeling you get when it's done.
Good luck! Feel free to reach out - sometimes what we are grappling with is what others are struggling with as well. You could be inspired, and you could inspire others! :)
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