But sometimes deadlines require swift action. Or planned organization. Disorder can’t last forever and I move into action returning a level of order around me.
Tidying, however, is different in times of transition. Sure, I may in fact leave my desk until the last hours in my office, but even something as simple as cleaning up a space can reflect a larger transitional reality: delaying the inevitable.
How often do we avoid the little areas of organization to avoid the larger ones? Am I avoiding emptying my bookshelf because I’m lazy? Or because I’m avoiding the reality that come Monday, this will no longer be my daily space?
Good transition, I’m experiencing, means paying attention to both the large and small realities. I don’t want the rush of office-tidyng to reflect a rush in other areas of this transition like valuable friendships.
The book of Proverbs repeatedly carries the phrase, “pay attention.” Transitions require wisdom, no doubt. And paying attention is integral to wisdom. I’m realizing, then, how even the smallest detail can be worth paying attention to, even how and when I tidy my desk.