Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Stand facing the dining room
Zounds, my piano teacher, Steinway artist Stephen Manes, is coming for dinner this week with his beautiful Hungarian wife, Marta. That is a picture of my dinner party-to-come up above. It is an artist's rendering.
There is only one problem. I have not cleaned up the dining room!
This morning I told myself: Just go and look at it. That is step one!
It is like the Leonard Pennario book. On the rare day when I cannot find five minutes for it I at least look at it.
But the dining room, I do not want even to look at the dining room. There is so much clutter in there! Before I went in I poured myself a new cup of coffee and I allowed myself to eat two Hershey's Kisses while I confronted the sight.
I do not know how the dining room can get so cluttered. Other people have dining rooms that are not cluttered. Other people do not dump their papers and other junk all over the dining room table.
On my table are all these papers and newspapers and half-burned Candle-Lite candles and dishes I have bought at estate sales.
Where did I go wrong?
Well, I have accomplished step one.
I have looked at it!
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