Have you ever seen an ad for a cute outfit that says, one size fits all? You probably know that this is not true. A little description of me, I am 4’ 10 ¾’” tall and struggle with my weight. Imagine the pants on a model that is 5’ 8” and weighs about 125lbs. It definitely will not fit me! We are bombarded with articles and ads that promise that their diet, exercise, supplements, business or social media secrets will make you healthy and successful. Since I am a professional organizer, I was drawn to articles titled “Organize your life in 5 easy steps”. Whether losing weight, building a business, or organizing; some basic principles do work. Can one way formula help everyone?
I love reading and gathering new information, especially historical stories. The other day, I read an article that was written in 1906 by a man with no formal education. It was amazing the wisdom that he possessed in his observation of life.
How can – one size fits all?
The author made some analogies about Christianity that surprised me; what works for one person may not work for someone else. What an “aha” moment. I thought, “The same applies to all areas of life. We all have different personalities and strengths.” Think about it, a hundred years ago, they had the same struggles and similar solutions. “There is nothing new under the sun”, Ecclesiastes 1:9. What I enjoy is how we can take the lessons and wisdom of history and apply them now. One size fits all.
Excerpt from my 2nd book Uncluttered: discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life, “…to give you hope that your mess, your clutter, your disorganization is not too big to overcome, and neither is the story that goes with it. Our stories, our struggles, and our messes; those are our common ground.
Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a corporate executive, a teacher, a nurse, and a politician, or any number of other roles, regardless, we all face the same daily battles and experiences. I have worked with hundreds of organizing clients and while no two situations are the same, much of what I have learned in life, I have learned from the wonderful people I have been able to help along the way. To protect the trust that my clients instill in me, I have changed names and details, but the stories in this book are real. It is my hope that in sharing their stories and my personal journey, you may discover strength and purpose in the chaos of your life.”
I am happy that I don’ have to fit the one size fits all model for my life. If this blog resonates with you and there are goals that you would like to accomplish, get a copy of my book. Be sure to contact me for your free consultation. Sometimes all you need is a new perspective to jump-start your day and life.
Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Life Coach, Author