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Organization for Smarties & Baseball Bits

OK – is there anyone else that gets slightly offended by those “XYZ for Dummies” books?

I say slightly because I do have a “Golden Retrievers for Dummies” book…guilty.

But when this thought popped in my head about how in some ways I’m so organized and I feel blessed to have some smarts in some areas but then I tell you – in some other ones – I’m not quite sure there’s even two brain cells bouncing around in that particular area 🤦🏻‍♀️. Lawsy – two would be a big help sometimes, ya know?

Suffice to say, I’m still not about calling myself a dummy so this is just a quick post on me hoping to get better organized (for “Smarties” hey – Phi Theta Kappa says I got brains – but don’t tell the zombies…🙂) OK – let’s stay focused (and positive) y’all!

The Bible says in Philippians 4:8…

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬ (via YouVersion Bible App)

So if I was in front of you right now, I’d be asking for a show of hands (for anybody that would be willing to fess up) who’s been home for the last two years yet avoided a particular closet, a tote, or even the dreaded shed or garage?

Yup. Me too…

Meet one of my music totes…

After several years of band fronting, hooking up with other bands, solo, duo, worship, country, blues, large crowds & empty chairs, churches, arenas, parks, parking lots, airports, honkey-tonks, restaurants, schools, clubs, dance halls, non-profits, art centers, hotels, and everywhere in between (I’m sure I’ve left something out)…we have a lot of music to file!

Here’s a secret: I detested filing so much when I worked in an office that I literally would offer up a Saturday when no one else was around just to get it done. My work was so crazy it was just easier to pile it up and move onto the next fire but in all honesty I’m not sure that was the best way to go…Hindsight…and some habits do indeed die hard 🤷🏻‍♀️.

Add some depression to the mix and yup…projects aren’t exactly easy to tackle. But, today, I’m practicing the “one bite at a time”.

Of course it’s always better to put the music away as soon as you’re done with it. Do you remember I mentioned something about not having it all together in some areas? 😬

So today is a good day to get started.

Do you know you can’t get to a second step if you don’t get the first done? Even when you hit a double you still have to touch the base when you round first. But hey, a single is still getting on base right? It’s progress! And there’s the bits 😎🤣.

My 45+ year old baseball bat and glove. The great Hall of Famer, Carl “Yaz” Yastrzemski signed that glove but it was the only glove I had so I had to keep using it – and it eventually wore off 😑🤓. Thankfully I still have the memories (I spent a lot of time at Fenway over the years) but if I happen to run into him sometime I just may ask for it again 🥰.

I don’t know that I will finish that entire tote project today and “bring it home”, but I’m going to set my goal for weeks end.

I’m going to start with my current binder; all the songs I’m pretty familiar with.

Then I’ll work on filing the rest of it (Jay’s music & songs I want to learn or brush up on) into an A-to-Z accordion file.

Good plans have step goals that string together like sobriety over a lifetime: one step, one day, one moment by moment 🤓.

So, here’s me putting it out there for all of y’all amazing people, in a simple way for me to be accountable. I’m going to grab my favorite bat and step up to the plate! Actually it’s that fab coffee mug…but you get it.

Here’s to getting the single and getting at least one tote organized this week! Who’s with me?

Speaking of first steps, being that this is January, the first month of the year, I leave you with Step One, adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous with a more general but still important focus via Celebrate Recovery (aka “CR” & you’ll find links to both on my links page):

We admitted that we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives have become unmanageable.

Scripture reference is Romans 7:18 (“CR” is a recovery ministry primarily based on their “8 Principles” also known as the “Beatitudes” as well as the 12 Steps): “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

Lets press on & through, let’s live blessed, my fellow warriors 💜

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