First here are a few highlights from my presentation:
Organizing our Time
- One side of the tree is an overgrown bramble of showy branches, but with small fruit.
- The other side is well pruned with large fruit.
- Notice the roots on each side of the tree
- 1. First Examine Motives
- Delving into our motives for doing what we do is akin to open heart surgery or maybe better said “open soul searching.” It requires taking a good hard look in the mirror and acknowledging the wrinkles. We have to acknowledge who is dictating our motives for being so busy.
- When too much of our focus, our energy, our time and means are going to the many branches of life instead of the spiritual roots, our efforts could actually be the antithesis of our eternal goals--an over abundance and preoccupation with things and activities can rob us of the very spiritual vitality, peace and joy we are seeking to achieve in our lives and families.'
When we begin to know who we are--the kind of tree we are to become at maturity--we begin to get a sense of how to prune and shape our life’s tree. Pruning is SIMPLIFING.
Cutting off the excess branches leaves a tree looking frighteningly bare, and may even be a bit painful, but if our tree doesn’t get pruned, it will become overgrown with branches and not produce the kind nor the quality of fruit we so desire
- Thin the fruit (prioritize). Make sure you’re working on what’s truly important instead of getting caught up in minor things.
The most important element in finding balance in our lives came when we considered nourishing the roots--the vital part of the tree that doesn’t show.
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· President Monson has promised, “Your testimony, when constantly nourished, will keep you safe.”38 We push our spiritual roots deep, feasting daily on the words of Christ in the scriptures. We trust in the words of living prophets, placed before us to show us the way. We pray and pray and listen to the quiet voice of the Holy Ghost that leads us along and speaks peace to our soul. Whatever challenges arise, we never, never leave Him.”
Six Hours Later...
Then I was having so much fun I decided to redo the spice cabinet. I put my basic baking ingredients in this cabinet.
Lastly I conquered the kitchen desk cabinet. I had all sorts of candle holders and decide to chuck them all -- we just aren't a candle-lit dinner family. It was much better to have containers for my birthday decorating stuff.
I think anyone who has come to visit me recently has been given the tour -- I just might have a love affair with my newly organized kitchen!
Benefits of Getting organized:
· Feel better and have more energy
· You'll save more money. When you're organized, you'll always know what you have, before you buy more.
· Get more done
· Create space for the people and activities that matter most to you
· Decrease levels of daily stress, anxiety, and tension
· Think more clearly and feel more creative
· Save valuable time you used to spend hunting for things
· Get rid of the guilt you used to feel every time you faced your cluttered environment
· More easily feel the spirit
· Grow bigger fruit