Looking around my office, I’m struck by the clutter. Only a week ago it was newly cleaned–everything organized and in its place. But life happens and things accumulate. My purse sits on an ottoman, which is acting as an overflow desk. There is a printer sitting on the floor right next to me, my newly completed sweater is sitting on a chair, ready for photographs and file folders are strewn across a side table.
Contrast this with the lovely image featured in this article. It came with a group of other images designed to be used as writing prompts. Uncluttered, empty space calls to me. It’s the kind of space that has limitless possibilities. This kind of space calls out to me to get something started.
In contrast, my own office reflects the in-between of real life. There are things undone, not yet begun and stalled out. There are abandoned projects, good intentions and bad ideas mingling all together in one place.
And here it is, Lent again. I hope for the beauty and quiet of the austere and ordered life while living my loud and disordered life. It being Lent, I will seek out the quiet and the simple, but I’ll have to dig through the piles of paper to get to it.
That’s how you do Lent–by moving one small thing out the way at a time.
I’ll be tidying up my office now.