An Opportunity To Change.
On Monday, I had the honor of teaching a class of new homeowners. The homeowners were participants in a program called Habitat for Humanity, and this class was just a small part of the three hundred hours of their ‘sweat equity’ that they have to perform, working towards their own homes. It’s where they learn about home maintenance, budgeting, repairs and so much more. After talking to the Wilson County’s office manager, I based my class on the premises that the participants were given a new opportunity – An opportunity to change.
During a part of the class, I discussed how to evaluate everything they owned before they moved it into their houses. Truly they have been given a wonderful opportunity to rid themselves of years and years worth of clutter and a “just in case” attitude. I spoke on how to handle obligation-keeping and how to ask themselves certain questions before they bought another thing. I showed them how to consider what they need and no longer be burdened with things they carried around with them through their life.
However it was during the third part of my class, when I taught on organization and using time management everyday, that I really saw some understanding and excitement. When I told them that I clean one day a week and ‘maintain’ the other six days, they literally straightened up! Then the questions started rolling out, ‘How do I this? How do I get them do this? What do I do with this?’ One of my favorite tips is using Shout Color Catchers in all the loads of laundry. The time saved on just this one chore of not separating all the clothes is worth the price of the color catcher alone but the water in this area gets extra ‘cleaning substances’ that make colors run. They had no idea and they were thrilled! There are so many little things that can be improved upon. At that moment I realized that so many people have their days so filled up with work and life that they are earnestly seeking out answers on how to make their lives easier. That is why I love working with people. I want to see them get more enjoyment out of the time they have rather than resenting the time they are spending.
Seems like everyday opportunities show up in our own lives and sometimes we just don’t reach out to embrace them. Most people don’t want change and they put limitations on their lives mostly because where they are now feels safe. When you get rid of things or items that hold you back, it releases you from holding onto the past and cleaning out the bad memories associated with them. What’s holding you back from your opportunity today?