1. This photograph, found on flickr, perfectly illustrates the key components of Order: sorting, containing, and throwing away. (Outside all these neat compartments lies the vast world of things that have been eliminated.)
2. I'd give myself a B in sorting, a B- in throwing away, but I get a D (at best) in containing. In my life, thoughts, objects, and emotions frequently overflow their containers.
3. Meditation helps, but sometimes I have trouble finding a "time container" for that.
4. Time and the things that fill it are the most important variables that need sorting in the pursuit of Order.
5. I get more done if I plan my day in the morning, and write the plan down.
6. I was going to give myself an extra week, because my rooms and my files and my life are still out of order. But life being a "come as you are" party, I figured I'd do just that. So here I am--still a mess, but maybe a little less so.
7. Creating Order isn't something you do all at once when the guest is at the door. It infuses everything you do, or it doesn't exist at all.
8. Creating Order from chaos is what writers do all day. Maybe that's why I have trouble with order in other areas of life...
9. Nah. That's just an excuse.
10. If I organize my study for the next day's writing before I go to bed, I sleep better.
11. Order is a close friend of last week's virtue, Equanimity. The more Order I create, the more balanced I feel.
12. My life will never, ever be as neat as the tray in the photograph.
13. The pure truth: I wouldn't want it to be. Too many stories are found in the things that lie outside any tidy domain.
Next Week's Virtue: RESOLUTION