Tuesday, January 27, 2009

What is self-esteem?

There are a number of definitions of what self-esteem is or
isn't.  My definition is that self-esteem is how we fully 
acknowledge, appreciate, accept and value ourselves.  
 
Because we are conditioned to look outwardly to feel better
about ourselves, we confuse our self-worth with what we have
or what we do.  Having high self-esteem doesn't depend on
external circumstances, but resides within.
 
Self-esteem is recognising that we don't have value, but that
we are value - just because we exist.  We may not always feel
that value, but it is always there.  
--Cut the Clutter, Jump for Joy
 
Clutter is nerve-wracking. It clogs your home, your
computer, your time and your brain. You definitely don't
need this stress in your life. Get rid of your clutter, and
live a more joyful, peaceful life.
 
1. Decide that you've had enough.
Once you've made the decision that you've really had it up
to your eyeballs with clutter, you've taken the most
important step to getting rid of it.
 
2. Make distinctions.
If you don't use it, or you don't love it, it's clutter.
Make two piles. a) I use it or I love it and b) I don't use
it or I don't care about it.
 
3. Get it out of your sight.
For 10 minutes each day, choose a room. Pick up two items
and decide whether or not it's clutter. (See number 2
above.) The second you decide it's clutter, get it out of
your sight. Either put it into a Donation or Rummage sale
box if it's good enough to be used by someone else, or put
it in your trash container. Out of sight -- out of mind.
 
4. Delete, delete ,delete.
Just like physical clutter, virtual clutter is taking up
valuable space on your computer. Again, decide whether or
not it's clutter, and use your delete key steadfastly. For
example, generally jokes and other email forwards can be
deleted once you've read them, or even before you've read
them if you're not interested. Another example would be
computer files on your hard drive and disks that you no
longer use.
 
5. Take the squeeze out of your schedule.
If you're constantly running around from one place to the
next, hardly taking a second to breathe, your schedule most
likely has too much stuff squeezed into it. Prioritize and
streamline. If you're involved in too many activities,
choose the most important ones and eliminate the rest.
Spending too much time running errands? Determine if you can
run these same errands every two weeks, versus each week, or
do all of your errands in one run, rather than running an
errand or two each day. The more time you save each day,
the more free time you can have on your schedule.

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