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Get Organized Now! NEWSLETTER
By Maria Gracia
September 30, 2017

  Today's Feature

I Almost Deleted It. Almost.

Write to Scott. This message is sitting in my email inbox. I sent it to myself about a week ago, as a reminder. It's still sitting there.

It has been a busy week. Lots of work. Lots of driving. Lots of appointments, errands, TO DOs, and projects for my business, my family, and organizations I help out. Non-stop.

Fast forward to this morning when I a received a video suggestion in an email newsletter entitled, 'In Praise of Slowness' given by journalist Carl Honore. The title caught my eye, but when I noticed it was 20 minutes long, I almost deleted it. Almost.

And then something told me to watch it, despite my long list of TO Dos and the fact that this would throw me behind schedule by 20 minutes. I grabbed a cup of coffee, sat down, turned off my email and phone notifications, and allowed myself to quietly listen.

I was only a few moments in when I realized how much I was enjoying this talk, and how important Carl's message is, and how there was no way I was going to do anything else until I watched all the way through.

As I was viewing, I thought of Scott...a friend from years ago who was on my bowling team. Nicest guy in the world...a fire fighter...and, I found out through the grapevine years later, a family man. He always made me laugh. I was only 18 or 19 then when we met.

The years went by, life went on, and, like so many people we connect with in our lives, Scott and I lost touch.

Last week, another friend from my old bowling league texted to tell me that Scott has been battling cancer. It was heartbreaking to hear. That day, I sent an email to myself that said simply 'Write to Scott.'

Then life took over. Busy, busy, busy, busy...

...until the video this morning. It stopped me in my tracks...and reminded me of the importance of slowing down. Suddenly everything I had to do today became insignificant. Everything...except writing that letter to Scott.

As soon as the video ended, I went outside on my deck. I closed my eyes, thought about what I wanted to say. And I wrote that letter. I didn't type it up quickly on my computer. Rather, I took the time to gather my thoughts carefully and wrote it by hand on nice stationery with my favorite pen. It took me about 30 minutes. When I was done, I placed it in an envelope, addressed it, stamped it, and placed it in the mailbox.

As I deleted that reminder from my inbox a few moments ago, I said a prayer for Scott that he beats this, and also for his family to remain strong through his treatments.

Every now and then, it's good to get that tap on the shoulder...that reminder indicating why slowing down now and then is a necessity in this fast-paced life...that reminder that tells us to refocus and zone in on what really matters.

Keep an eye out for these miracle messages. They're there, if you take the time to notice them.

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  New on our Web Site!

October Checklist: Witching you an organized, boo-tiful October. Start today with our NEW October 2017 Organizing Checklist...

Top 10: My top 10 ways to cut an tears

Featured Video: In praise of slowness. This is a must-see

Dirty Little Secret 1: We always pick the perfect pumpkin for our Halloween jack o'lantern. Here's what we do...

Dirty Little Secret 2: My car exterior is always clean. Here's how I keep it that way...

Dirty Little Secret 3: Do you give your guests access to your home WIFI? If so, do this. Everyone will appreciate it...

Mini Challenges: There are certain tasks I always like to tackle at the beginning of each month. Here they are

In ADDITION, on our home page, you'll also find lots of NEW and featured STUFF including...

Social Media Spotlight: The link between clutter and depression

New Web Poll: Do you believe in ghosts? Let us know

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

  TO DO This Week

Week Beginning September 30

1. Decorate for Halloween. Pull out your decorations from last year and display anything, inside and/or outside your home, that still looks good. Weed out anything that no longer suits you and bring it to your donation center. Someone else may be able to use what you don't want for their own decor.

2. Make a 5-day meal plan. Maybe Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, Chicken Wednesday, Slow Cooker Meal Thursday, and Fish Friday. Eat out or eat leftovers on the weekend.

3. Clean all faucets. Disinfect all faucets (sinks, showers, tubs). Then, make them shine with no smudges or fingerprints to be seen.

4. Restock on something that's running out. Whether it's toilet paper, postage stamps, or salt for your water softener, stock up this week.

5. Vacuum (and spot clean) your area rugs. Welcome fall by vacuuming and spot cleaning any area rugs.

  In Closing

If you will only pause, as you hurry through your days, take a minute to look at passersby, beyond cursory skin-deep analysis, all the way into their eyes, what beauty you might find woven from the life threads there.

---Ellen Hopkins

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And remember...Being organized creates a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life!


Maria Gracia
Get Organized Now!

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