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Get Organized Now! NEWSLETTER
By Maria Gracia
August 26, 2017

  Today's Feature

How to Get Through Your Own Internal Solar Eclipse

Did you get to see the solar eclipse this past week? My Facebook feed was packed with photos of this event. Some folks were thrilled that they captured the eclipse beautifully, while others were bummed that the cloudy day in their area prevented good viewing. If you missed it, you'll have to wait awhile for the next opportunity in April of 2024.

So, what exactly is a solar eclipse? NASA explains, 'when the moon orbits Earth, it moves between the sun and Earth. When this happens, the moon blocks the light of the sun from reaching Earth. This causes an eclipse of the sun, or solar eclipse. During a solar eclipse, the moon casts a shadow onto Earth.'

While a real solar eclipse is pretty cool, what about when our internal sunshine suddenly has a shadow cast upon it? Everything could be going along just fine and then all of a sudden, something occurs and our light goes out. Maybe you get laid off at work. Perhaps you're going through a break-up or a divorce. Maybe you or someone in the family is seriously ill, you have flooding in your home, you've made a big mistake that has hurt someone you love, or you've just lost a dear friend.

I opened my email a few days ago to learn that a colleague of mine was recently in a terrible car accident. She's alive, but her recovery process will be long and hard.

How, when your sunshine is blocked out, do you get out of the shadow and back into the light?

1) Allow yourself to be temporarily emotional. Do you need to cry your eyes out? Scream into a pillow? Pace and pout? It's OK. Close the door, and give yourself 10 minutes to express whatever emotion you're feeling. Sometimes we just have to let it out.

2) One is a lonely number. No matter how alone you may feel, you're not. Perhaps nobody you know is going through this darkness, but someone, somewhere in the world is...or maybe even something worse. Once you accept this, you may be better able to remove any self-victimizing mindset you may be experiencing.

3) Don't bottle it up and put a cork in it. While you may not want to talk about whatever you're going through, keeping it bottled up inside, stewing within you, is like hanging out in a pressure cooker. Whether you express what you're feeling to a spouse, a friend, or a professional, the sooner you begin chatting about it, the faster you'll have the opportunity to release the tension.

4) Allow your logic to take over and seek solutions. Are you able to fix whatever the problem is? If so, grab a sheet of paper and a pen and begin writing down possible rectifications...

Lost a job? Get your resume together. Are you interested in switching careers completely? Maybe you have to work two jobs for awhile. Perhaps it's a good time to visit an employment agency.

Going through a breakup or divorce? Maybe you can spend some time with a parent or a good friend to help ease the heartache a bit. Perhaps you can go away on a weekend alone to regroup. Another possibility is coming up with reasons why this may actually be a good thing...less fighting, less heartache, and so on. Alternately, maybe, just maybe, this relationship can be salvaged. If there are any possibilities of that, those can be included in your list as well.

Damage to your home? Never fun...but fixable. Yes, it's going to cost money that you may not have, and yes, it's a major inconvenience, and maybe you even lost some possessions like old family photos. There's nothing you can do about those things, but with time and work, it will get better, your old memories are always in your heart, and there's time for new memories.

When you write down possible solutions, you've automatically put yourself on a healing and productive path.

If there are no 'fixes' for what's going on, like saying goodbye to a dear friend who is going through an end-stage illness, your solutions can then be to write down things you can do to help your friend during this time of need, and afterwards, what you can do to honor the memory of this person...and help you get though your own grief.

5) Invite the light. No matter what you're going through, you're the person who can remove the shadows and invite the light. While things may seen like they're at the bottom of the barrel now and then, once you conjure up the strength to accept what's happening, take a deep breath, and make the very best you can under the circumstances. In turn, your shadows will begin unclouding all that inner sunshine within you.

Even in a total eclipse, those rays aren't gone...they're right at the edges, peaking out, waiting to burn bright once again.

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  New on our Web Site!

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September Checklist: Autumn is the perfect time of year to turn over a new leaf and get organized. Start today with our NEW September 2017 Organizing Checklist

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Dirty Little Secret 1: Sometimes using technology is not the best way to go. Hereís something I do thatís productive and low-tech

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Theme of the Week: School. Enjoy our home page quotes, that reflect our theme, for added inspiration and motivation this week

  TO DO This Week

Week Beginning August 26th

1. Inspect bath towels. Take a peek at your bath towels and beach towels. Donate those that have seen better days. Tip: The Humane Society takes old towels as donations. If you're short on towels, pick up a new set or two this week.

2. Restock on Over-the-Counter Medication. Have a peek at your stash of Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, and any other over-the-counter medication in your home, office, or purse. Safely dispose of any that are past their expiration date. Replenish any you are short on so that when someone in your family needs one of these remedies, you'll have them quickly and easily accessible.

3. Weed out one pantry shelf or kitchen cabinet. Choose one pantry shelf or kitchen cabinet where you store foods that don't require refrigeration. Get rid of anything that's too old to consume, is stale, or that you simply don't like.

4. Clean out your a trash container or two. On garbage day, after your trash has been picked up, bring your trash container into the driveway, put a few drops of dishsoap in it, and hose it out. Wipe clean any spills or dried-on food. Turn it upside down so all the water drains. After a while, turn it right side up, and leave it outside in the sun to dry to completion before bringing it back in the house.

5. Get rid of excess containers and baskets. Many folks buy containers and baskets in the hopes of getting more organized, but if you have these and are not using them, they actually become part of the clutter. Only keep containers and baskets you have an immediate use for. Donate the rest.

  In Closing

Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.

--Maya Angelou

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