My first experience with snorkeling was on my honeymoon. I had never done anything more than swim in water, so to put on a mask, snorkel, and fins and watch the world below was amazing!
During one of our snorkel excursions, I remember looking down into the water at a sunken airplane. While I marveled at the remnants, I also noticed some people swimming in and out of the aircraft. Scuba divers. I knew right then and there that snorkeling was not going to satisfy my fascination with the underwater world.
At that moment I pledged to go deeper and learn how to scuba dive.
While I had many opportunities to dive over the years, it took 23 years for me to become a certified scuba diver. Although I missed a lot of time, finally completing my training was a dream come true for me. Why? Because life under the water is unlike anything you can imagine.
For me, going deep is where the beauty is found. It’s where you discover the most incredible sea life, see the most vibrant colors, and swim in the calmest waters. Every excursion below the surface is different from the last, a new experience of memories to cherish.
Organizing & scuba diving – more alike than you think
So what does all of this have to do with organizing? In truth, scuba diving is just like an organized life. It can’t be done on the surface. It requires you to go deeper:
You have to learn the mechanics. Scuba diving is more than just breathing underwater. It’s about equilibrium, pressure, and balance. If you don’t know how to do all those things properly you will have a short, possibly fatal, trip.
You have to prepare yourself mentally and physically for the task. Scuba diving can drain you mentally and physically. From being constantly aware of your surroundings (sharks!) and your oxygen levels to swimming for long periods of time, scuba diving isn’t for the faint of heart!
Gaining an orderly life requires mental and physical strength as well. Not only do you need to change your beliefs about organizing, but you’ll also need to put in the effort to declutter and organize your space. For some, that can often be taxing.
You have to face challenges. Every dive is a challenge for me. I’m prone to seasickness, so if we have to take a boat ride in rough waters I don’t do well. Once I do get in the water, I struggle to get down. If I don’t have the right weights with me, I just bobble on the surface. If I were to let these difficulties deter me, then I would never get in the water!
Although your organizing challenges may not include seasickness or weight issues, you are likely to encounter some opposition. Many people are confronted with time restraints, lack of support or understanding, or fall short in their attempts to find lasting success. But these challenges are what allow to you rise up and have the peace and order you long for if you don’t succumb to them.
You won’t regret it. I’ve never been on a dive that I’ve regretted. Sure, I’ve had dives where I didn’t see a lot or experienced troubles, but just being underwater is always an adventure. It’s where the most spectacular life is found.
In the same token, I’ve never met or helped anyone who’s regretted getting organized. The only regret clients have mentioned to me is that they wish they had done it earlier. Time and time again, those who have committed to the process, put forth the effort, and rose above the obstacles have said that it was worth it. The peace and joy that has been afforded to them are unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before.
The truth is most of us long to go deeper. We long to see the beauty that type of life can offer. Whether it’s scuba diving or getting organized, going beyond the surface can offer us a life beyond what we could ever imagine. Are you willing to take the plunge?