by Martha D’Adamo
Labor Day Weekend marks the change from summer to “back to school” or back to work, or back to a regular schedule. If you are like me, you are probably experiencing a sense of relief that all the wonderful upheaval that comes from packing/unpacking from vacations, and all the back to school preparation, shopping, college move-ins, etc. are done.
As I look around my house, all I want to do is clean and restore order. I’ve been cleaning out both of my daughters’ rooms, rearranging furniture, cleaning out cabinets, and “decongesting” our lives from all that has built up over the course of the summer.
I believe I am trying to find a “new normal” for myself, and I think we all go through this at certain times, whether it is due to the end of summer, life transitions because of our children or sometimes because of our own life circumstances, like changing jobs, where the first few months we are so focused on the work that things build up at home. This could also happen due to changes in life responsibilities like welcoming a new baby into your lives, having to care for an elderly parent or sibling, or a health issue, whether it is our own or a family member’s or friend’s.
I love September…the days get shorter, the night sounds louder, and there is a chill in the air that refreshes. I am energized to create order in the happy chaos of my house as we move from summer into the fall.
Restoring order allows us to reclaim our lives and arrange them for who we are in this moment. It affords us the opportunity to think about how we want to be and how this is reflected in our living space, work environments or even in our own bodies. I find this process particularly helpful with getting rid of excess or the unnecessary. Do I really need to have 15 swim towels out right now? Or what about the huge pile of unread books? Can they go into a bookshelf—but wait, can I take some of those books to the library and donate them to make room?
If we apply this same ordering process to ourselves, am I eating properly and appropriately for my blood type/genotype, or have some of those summer foods that aren’t quite good for me crept into my diet? Can I streamline my supplements based on how I am feeling? What habits do I need to let go of to make room for better, more supportive ones? And ultimately, have I made time in my day for time for myself, even if it is only 10 minutes? (It is surprising how restorative 10 minutes of quiet can be!)
We are also restoring order at the company, now that we’ve launched the Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine at the University of Bridgeport.
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I love September…the days get shorter, the night sounds louder, and there isa chill in the air that refreshes. I am energized to create order in the happy chaos of my house as we move from summer into the fall.
Somewhat wistfully, I bid summer farewell, as I open to all the possibilities that September holds – for restoring order and for creating room in my life for what is next to come.
Image: Alfred Sisley ‘September Morning’ (1887)