Be an original ~~
“Be an original” is a frequently used quote; however, it is easier said than done. I remember growing up with the need to have friends and fit into the cool crowd. It’s not easy to be an original and be like the cool kids.
I think I was a rebel at heart. I always wanted to be liked, to make good grades, to obey, and to have fun. Alas the conflict. Fun would only be in my heart and mind. I was at times afraid to let it slip out and that I would be unliked or break the rules.
Somewhere into adulthood I realized that the same game was being played out with the moms. The pressure was on to have a scholar or an athlete as a child. I tried to convince my sons to be an original, but peer pressure can be so hard. My husband used to tell my boys growing up “do your best and always be the best you can be.”
So here I stand now having my own business with 2 books and yep, you guessed it, peer pressure. Most of you know I am a little outspoken and don’t always fit into the society molds. Those nasty little remarks by others do hurt.
“An interesting thing that I discovered during that time; I began using my monthly newsletter, which had been used for organizing tips, as a type of reflective and lamenting blog sharing all my faults and struggles. My readers loved it. The women began responding with comments such as “Thank you for sharing that.” I asked Rebecca why she thought people liked hearing that my house and my life were a mess. She said, “People like to know you are real, Lisa, and they can relate. I like knowing you are not perfect.” quote from Uncluttered: discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life
When it was time to edit my second book Uncluttered: Discovering Strength and Purpose in the Chaos of Life; my publisher Casey Cease from Lucid books said, “We want to keep your voice, it’s a little scrappy and rough, but it’s enduring, it’s real, people want realness.”
As I travelled around speaking on the subject of Becoming Uncluttered, I finally found my own courage to become uncluttered and to just be me, to be an original. Who makes the rules? Rules can be stifling. I broke the rules and the legalism. I feel free and happy. I still want to do what’s right. But the rules no longer hold me prisoner. At times it is just me. I just want to laugh and dance through every aspect of life. There will be moments of sadness, but I want to celebrate the victories, dream big, believe big, and run through the open doors of life. The freedom is so amazing.
If someone does criticize me, I do stop and see if there is any truth that I need to address or correct. After that I move on. Life is good
Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Speaker, Author