A Raft on Your Back

At our last NAPO conference in San Diego, Julie Morgenstern was the keynote speaker. I deeply admire this woman. Her book Organizing from the Inside Out was my primer when I first started organizing and I still refer to it regularly.

Julie told a story as part of her presentation that I would like to share.

A traveler comes across a swollen river that he needs to cross but the current is too strong for swimming. He builds a raft that carries him safely over. On arrival at the far bank he picks up the raft and carries it on his back for the rest of his life in case he has to cross another swollen river.

Let’s look to see what we are still doing and keeping that which served us once but is no longer appropriate and yet we hang on to “just in case.”

Our fears, our coping strategies, our attitudes, and what possessions we hang on to need to be reevaluated.

Julie went on to remind us to “let something go.” She uses her acronym SHED

S – Separate the treasures

H – Heave the trash

E – Embrace your identity

D – Drive yourself forward

So what are we all carrying that was important but is not important now? what are we keeping “just in case”?

The reason Julie’s presentation came to mind is that I have just learned she is presenting some workshops in October. If you are an organizer and are interested check out- www.juliemorgenstern.com/Organizing_institute.php, or call 212.586.8084

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

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