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"You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas." Shirley Chisholm God, I miss Shirley Chisholm. She was a pioneer in politics and an inspiration to many—here are just a few of her accomplishments: First African-American woman voted into Congress. ...

"To say that it is not our fault does not relieve us of responsibility." Beverly Daniel Tatum   Blame is useless. Responsibility is essential. Unexpected things happen. Sometimes that brings something delightful into our lives and sometimes things beyond our control upend our plans. Be mindful of treat these unexpected...

"Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine." SHUNRYU SUZUKI   Zen is a practice. So is organizing. They both require single-minded attention. For Zen, that attention is focused on the breath. For organizing, the focus is on stuff—where it lives, what its purpose is,...

"Have patience. All things are difficult before they are easy." Saadi, Poet Patience is absolutely essential to getting organized. In fact, patience is essential to successfully accomplishing most things. You must have patience with yourself, the process and the unexpected interruptions that crop up when trying to get (and...

"Things don't change; we change." HENRY DAVID THOREAU   Happy New Year. 'Things' in this context could mean situations, objects or tasks. In some ways, "stuff" or physical objects, is the simplest place to begin looking for change. I'm all for tidying up. And simplifying. You probably have too much stuff. And stuff, as...