Here’s the thing… not everyone has the same gifts and talents. We see other people’s gifts, and sometimes, we think they have it all together. If they can get their kid to school on time, then they must also have dinner on the table every night by 5:30 and a homemade-gluten-free-no sugar-added chocolate cake in the oven too. Or we get a thoughtful note from our neighbor wishing us a happy spring, and we think that we are failing because the thought never even crossed our minds to wish someone a happy spring let alone actually do it. We tend to compare ourselves to others, and think that we should be able to do whatever it is that they can as easily as they can. But the fact is: that parent who brought her kid to school on time wishes she could be like the parent who managed to work-out today or like her boss who had time to take a shower. None of us knows how to do it all.
I hear time and again from clients that they wish they could be organized on their own. But being organized is not necessarily a trait everyone has naturally. Some people are unorganized by nature, and they need to be taught how to get and stay organized. This is why I am in business. To help people figure it out. To teach you how to be organized.
Even though organization is easy for me, I’m here to admit that there are SO MANY OTHER THINGS that I do badly by nature. With training, I have learned how to overcome some of these things, but there are some things that I still need help with.
I will probably never send you a birthday card. I mean, I will know it’s your birthday, it will be written in my calendar, but it just does not cross my mind to send a card. There is also a big chance that any gift you get from me will be in a gift bag I bought on the way over to your house, and I may or may not have remembered tissue paper. I want to wrap beautiful packages, but I am just not gifted in the area. So every now and then, I will order the present gift wrapped, and let someone else do the wrapping for me.
And baking… I am not a baker. Somehow the measuring and the timing… I don’t know what happens. I have friends who are amazing bakers, like for people and weddings and stuff. But it’s not me, and that’s okay too. I will buy a cake from someone who is gifted in this area.
Also, my kids eat cereal for dinner sometimes. And sometimes ice cream.
My point of all this is life is hard enough using your own gifts and talents without trying to use everyone else’s too. If one of your gifts is being organized, that’s great. If it’s not, then let me know, and I’ll come help you out. Maybe you can send my mom a birthday card from me.