An Ode to the Overwhelmed

At a time when there is so much to do, so many little things to be taken care of, and solitude time, I wanted to pass along this wonderful poem from another Clutter Cleaner Coach (how’ you like that onomatopoeia?) Samantha Bennet. There’s a link to her site after the poem. Enjoy. And, of course, comments are welcome!

And as you stand there Overwhelm

Late again

Because you forgot to allow time to park

And the elevator was slow

And you left 10 minutes late to begin with

With your shoes that pinch

And your pants that are a little too small

Since you started eating white bread again

And as you paw through your bag

Looking for the suite number

That you’re not sure you wrote down to begin with

Let us now praise you.

You, the untidy.

You, the careless.

You, the easily distracted by sparkly things.

The money you spend on late fees alone

Could feed a family in Africa – Which reminds you that you meant to send in the kids’ Unicef money and


And that despite your best efforts,

You rarely eat a square meal,

You almost never get enough sleep

And exercise seems like a word that magazines have developed

Just to make you feel bad about yourself.

But you are good and brave. Superwoman

You, flying by the seat of your pants

Making it work

Putting out fires

Saying your prayers

And dancing your dance of now and later and maybe and


As innocent as each morning’s sunrise,

You are a fount of good intentions.

Your good humor is as graceful as a baby giraffe,

Even if that joke you were trying to make to the hotel clerk fell flat

And your toast at the wedding came out sounding a little…funny.

But you have gifts that no one knows about.pyke 044

You have the strength to bend in the wind

You have the joyful spirit that loves a good belly laugh,

You have the wisdom to understand that everything will all come out all right in the end and

You have the faith to light a candle rather than curse the darkness.

That is, if you could find the book of matches from that romantic restaurant that you went to for your anniversary but since you didn’t have a reservation they made you wait at the bar for half an hour during which you had two appletinis and the rest of the night is a bit of a blur. 

So much for the overpriced lingerie.

You are beautiful.

You are beautiful.

Frazzled and overworked and underpaid

You are the one who forgot your wallet

And forgot your receipt for the dry cleaners

And forgot your keys which you just set down five seconds ago, so where could they possibly have gone? 

But you never forget to say, “I love you”

And you never forget to give a big smile to that nice parking guy

And you never fail to show endless patience when the

Too-tightly wrapped and overly-conscientious start to offer their

Oh-so-helpful suggestions about how you might feel better if you would just learn to alphabetize your spice rack.

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You are beautiful.

So, wear the lingerie on Monday for no reason.

And why not just refuse to participate in the bake sale this year?

And give yourself a compliment for something you did well today. 

Because you are the most beautiful person I’ve ever known.

© 2014 Samantha Bennett

May you get through this holiday season flying high and filled with gratitude!


It’s New Year’s Day and in my neighborhood. like the greater part of Ashland, Christmas decoration are being taken down. Those, of course, that were not removed the day after Christmas. So the politically correct forces can declare an open victory against the religious aspects of this holiday. Many folks got their lights and geegaws up right after Thanksgiving, in order to match Walmart and Target. The expansion of the Christmas buying season has trumped anyone who found Christmas to be the celebration of the birth of the Christian’s Son of God. Material acquisition has trumped inward reflection and gratitude.

The next target? Obviously, the only one left! Thanksgiving. Madison Ave has yet to figure out how to Sarah Palin Turkey 5commercialize the bird, however, Sarah Palin did a pretty good job on it not so long ago. It’s interesting to note that neither the Jewish High Holy Days, nor those venerated by  Buddhists have fallen to the venal appetites of those who have elevated Money above Existence, Spirit, God or whatever such a power means. Does anyone see any human arrogance is such a path? What does it have to do with Nature and the real world? Not much , if anything, from this man’s point of view.

2014 is The Year of the Horse – and Chinese astrologers suggest we can expect Mother nature to step up larger and more dramatically as we keep climate change under wraps and in denial. Gaia is pissed off. Oh well, time for the Koch brothers to sell more Coors!

Memorial Day – remembering What?

This Memorial Day, I invite you to widen your remembrances: from those who have given their lives in conflicts to the whole of Nature.  The more I study Feng Shui, the more I realize that real prosperity comes from such study. Nature in it’s essence is abundant. The ancient Chinese studied the way Nature moved through a space and then cooperated and synergized with it, learning the subtleties the natural world presented.  By cooperating and augmenting those energies, they increased the bounty of the people they helped.  It is no different today.  Finding what blocks the flow, what is antagonistic, what energies remain in a place all can be moderated, redirected, eradicated. So Monday, take a moment to look in your garden – notice how the weeds want to crowd your plants out.  Notice how some plants do not like to be around other plants. Others, given some attention, bloom more vigorously than if left alone.  All this is the Feng Shui of the natural world.  Be grateful, as the lessons continue to present themselves.  Happy Memorial Day!


Well, not quite. Next in the 12 year Chinese cycle is the Year of the Rabbit beginning February 3, 2011. And while it portends many positive changes, many of the Year of the Tiger’s bumps and hiccups will continue. As we see the megabanks and multinational corporations having a deliciously profitable year, many small folk could use a healthy dose of the positive chi Feng Shui offers. I know I’m bragging when I say every business I’ve helped has seen an increase in its bottom line. Expanding from that, you may want to consider, at minimum, a cleanup of the Chi at your business. At maximum, consider an analysis and recommendation by a feng shui master. It’s money well spent. I’d be glad to put you in touch with some of my clients if you need to hear it directly from them. Otherwise, check out the “Clients” section of this blog. And may your holiday season brings all the abundance and prosperity you could wish for.

That time of the year…

My November/December newsletter talks about the holidays, and how to recapture some of the healing elements we can have in our home at this time.  It came as a wonderful suppose to see the International Feng Shui Guild reprint that article as it’s lead in it’s professional publication.  I get so very very tired when merchants start hawking Christmas and Hanukkah well before thanksgiving.  Seems we have monetized everything where, if it doesn’t bring monetary profit, we will just ignore it.  Celebrations are not about monetary profit, they are about human connection profit.  Luckily Feng Shui has some helpful ways to magnify that.  If you’d like to get a copy, just drop me a line <> and I’ll see that you get one.

In the meantime, have a blessed holiday season.

Get Ready for the Crazies

The holidays are upon us.  Four major events in slightly less than 3 months.  Often there’s unnecessary burnout which detracts from the very core of these events – celebration.  What with the big box stores putting out Christmas merchandise July 5th, many of us are psychologically sick of it.  The culture has transformed what’s supposed to be a celebration into another buying opportunity. And that misses the entire point.

I admit I’ve looked for fast and dirty ways to get through these as if I really care.  Truth be told, I don’t, not when it’s so over commercialized.  But that’s me.  And I’d like to see all of us get back to the real spirit of Halloween, of Thanksgiving, of Christmas and of New Years.  To that end, I’ll be giving a talk in Ashland Monday, November 17 at the Ashland Coop Community Classroom on how to use Feng Shui to reduce holiday stress.

The November December issue of Creative Visions’ newsletter also takes up on this.  If you’re not already a subscriber, I invite you to become one – at least for an issue or two.  If it’s gets to be overload, cancel the subscription.  And know that I Never rent, borrow, buy or distribute anyone’s email.  That’s bad bad karma and there’s enough of that floating abbot not to incur any additional!  If subscribing is something that can help you get through the upcoming time, click here.

Valentine’s Day & the BaGua

I find it more than coincidence that the color of love, the color of most Valentine’s Day items, is pink.  If you look at a Bagua for the Relationship area, you find the colors there are pink to white.  So what? I hear you say.

The ‘so what’ is that almost all customs coming from a different culture most often have a different color associated with them.  To wit, white is worn by widows in India, white is worn by brides and virgins in the west.  Black is for mourning in the West, not at all in the East.  We could go on, but it’s not necessary.  It’s interesting that in this case, we in the West are totally in line with the 5,000 year old energy map from China.

Love someone special this Valentine’s Day!