“Organizing is what you do before you do it, so that when you do it, it’s not all mixed up”
– A.A. Milne
This is the latest quote to go on our sticky note wall of wisdom (also known as the side of the fridge).
I am rather partial to organising videos and tips. And have been known to use our constant supply of nappy boxes for storage solutions.
We are determined to have a spring clean at the moment or as it’s a little late let’s call it a summer clean – that way I don’t feel disorganised having a late start. The list of tasks seems endless. And more often then not it feels like we are going round in circles.
My little people like to join in the cleaning fun, which is always fun. They particularly love to vacuum, so much so that a 15 minute job takes around 45 minutes. Especially when they give up on the actual task at hand and decide it’s more fun to wrestle the vacuum (or sea monster)… Maybe our summer clean will turn into an autumn one.
In the meantime I’ll be sure to revisit these wise words from A.A. Milne…a lot. A reminder to take a step back and have a plan.
Since childhood Alice in Wonderland (by Lewis Carroll) has continued to top my list of favourites. I love the whimsical world of imagination. A place where perspectives are turned upside-down to reveal any possibility. I also really love the tea party. (Tea has also topped my list of favourites since childhood – I always wondered why waiters would smile so much when I ordered a pot of tea instead of a soda).
Childhood is a magnificent time, where imagination drives reality, anything really is possible. I love listening to Owen’s (age 4) stories and being apart of his imaginary play. I think to myself but trains don’t fly and I don’t think your teacher was eaten by a dinosaur (this was Owen’s response when I wondered why his teacher had left). I of course play along with his imaginary play and bask in it. How wonderful to believe that anything is possible.
I am not the first to ask the question: when do we stop believing in the impossible? I assume is very subjective and different for everyone.
“Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
– Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Sometimes we forget to believe not just what is possible but what is impossible. I have added this quote to our ‘sticky note wall of wisdom‘. A reminder to believe in the impossible.
Say this aloud with me “you are braver than you believe, smarter than you seem and stronger than you think.” (A.A. Milne)
It’s true, you know. The wisdom of Winnie-the-Pooh (A. A Milne) cannot be denied. Unfortunately negativity is an easier default and too often self doubt creeps in and takes hold. When this happens a reminder is required and welcomed to let you know that you are in fact braver, smarter, stronger. My lovely husband sent this quote to me recently and it served as much needed reset button.
I have put this quote on what is to become ‘sticky note wall of wisdom’ (our fridge). This being the first of many reminders, pick-me-ups, uplifts of positivity.
If you have an awe-inspiring quote that serves as your own reset button please share below we would love to hear it 🙂
Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss never ceases to inspire me. A copy was gifted to my son Owen by a Great Aunty when he was born. Both myself and husband often read it to the boys when we too are in need of inspiration. This quote in particular always lights a fire. I can imagine writing it in cards for the boys when they celebrate important milestones like the first day of school or university.
Your adventure awaits, it wont all be plain sailing but its yours for the taking. You just need to take the first step. “Oh the places you’ll go!”
“So… be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!”