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What Will Your Season of Authentic Success Look Like?

As a professional organizer, one of the primary aspects of my work is to facilitate change. While helping my clients develop mindset awareness, organize the physical environment, prioritize what is important, or better manage time, it’s easy to become so future-focused that we lose sight of the present moment.  It’s beneficial to combine gratitude for what is with the desire to change things that are no longer working. This may seem contradictory or even impossible. However, practicing mindfulness for the beauty of now can ease the stress that comes from transitions and change. It will also help you create a more authentic, balanced, and successful outcome.

One of the mindfulness teachers that I like is Tara Brach. Her guided meditations, which I enjoy practicing with, are lovely. She often includes poetry during her teachings. One of my favorite poems she shared is one by Wu-Men Huikai. In it, he gracefully combines the value of presence, clarity, and gratitude.


Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,

a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. 

If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,

This is the best season of your life.

                                                                        - Wu-Men Huikai


As you pursue the success that you desire, also notice what is here now. That could include the changing colored leaves, a hug from a loved one, or the sound of their voice. Your success begins with the appreciation of the present, for the moments small and large.

What are you noticing now? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I invite you to join the conversation.





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Reader Comments (10)

Fabulous poem and insight! It's true that when engaged in organizing, we tend to focus on the past (I remember this!) or the future (can't wait to have space for XXX) and not the present. Great reminder to savor EVERY moment!

September 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- I'm so happy that you loved the poem too. It's one of my favorites. It honors all of the "seasons," and the appreciation and calm that comes with being present. You highlight such an essential aspect of organizing. The work pulls us into thinking about the past and working towards the future. It's how it goes. However, being present and aware of what is happening and desired now changes the dynamic in a positive direction.

September 16, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Couldn't agree more, and what is funny is that what often pops first into our minds has nothing to do with physical possessions. Right now I'm noticing the chirp of some birds outside my "summer" office... such beautiful song! I've recently been noticing the changing angle of the sun, the fall of acorns, pretty new sweaters for sale, mums appearing on doorsteps, children walking to school on my street, and renewed energy to clear out and get organized in my clients. As that beautiful poem shows, there is always something we can love and be thankful for at any moment - even our worst. The blessings most frequently outweigh the trials, but you have to orient your mind to see them.

September 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- I love all the "noticing" that you shared. So many sounds, sights, and feelings to embrace and appreciate. How wonderful that your clients are getting an energy surge with the change of seasons. That often happens as routines change and life shifts. It gives us time to think about the new season and how we want it to be. Do you find that your clients' energy is contagious, in a positive way? My clients are a continual source of inspiration with their drive, dedication, determination, and strength for how they face their challenges.

September 16, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Yesterday, we went to a local farm and enjoyed time with family and friends while being in nature. We got to do different activities, enjoy food, and indeed be in the moment. This morning I am so grateful that we were able to do this with all the directions we are going in these days.

September 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Sabrina- It sounds idyllic being at the farm while enjoying the outdoors with your family and friends. I know this is an especially busy time of year, so having those moments of togetherness and fun is essential. Here's to more beautiful days!

September 16, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

It's always fascinating to me how much change happens internally for clients when we work on the physical space. Power, pride, happiness, stress relief, etc.

September 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Schiesl

@Janet S.- What is it "us organizers," say? "It's not about the stuff!"

And while we often are working with clients' and their belongings, there is so much more going on beyond the stuff, as you beautifully described.

September 16, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Funny I'm seeing this today - coincidence? Probably not!

As I head off tomorrow to ICD conference, I am thinking "stay in the now."
It is so easy to pile work onto my pc/bag to do on the plane to "catch up."
But it's also distracting the poem says:

If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
This is the best season of your life.

Wear one hat at a time. Stay in your lane and in the moment. Two of my favorite phrases. Thx for the reminder.


September 18, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSue West

@Sue- First of all, I can't wait to see you today! I'm heading out momentarily. And it IS funny that you happened upon this post as you're getting in the zone for the conference. Staying in the present is a gift to yourself and those around you.

I look forward to seeing you as you wear "one hat at a time." Safe travels, my friend.

September 19, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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