Home Organizer Marla Stone, a retired Social Worker, figured out it is our language that is creating Chronic Disorganization, Hoarding and even living in squalor. "We don't use the word "will" anymore." Marla explains that we do not "will" ourselves to do things. She states "People have replaced the word will with need and everybody is needling themselves to death". She insists that the phrase " I need" is the most used phrase in all human languages. The other phrase besides "I need" is "I have to". She is quick to remind that "needs" and "have to haves" are necessities. "Need has even changed in the dictionary to mean a "want", or something desired, and it is an incorrect use of the word "need".
The true meaning of the word "need" is necessity, which there are seven (7) things that keep us alive. Air, Water, Food, Sleep, Elimination, Shelter and Sun are essential to staying alive, and if we don't have them we will eventually die, sooner than later. Marla explains "these seven (7) items are the essential things in life that keep us alive." Some will argue surgery, or medications, but Marla has seen many a person not go into surgery or take their meds and they are still alive. So she explains that everything else in life is a "want or a don't want".
You either want to get organized or you don't. Most people don't wake up every morning wanting to do laundry, put away the dishes and clear out the garage, but you can use a different language and say, "I don't want to clean up and get organized, but I will because......" Marla says "figure it out, what you want, what you don't want and this way you can start willing yourself to do what it takes to accomplish your daily and life-long goals. She is careful to add "but when you say that you "need' to do something, and that "something" is not an actual "need", the sub-conscious mind catches it, as a lie, and it will derail you from what you want to accomplish."
Another part of the language discovery for improving concentration, motivation and follow-through is ceasing all indecisive language. Indecisive language is "I'll try" (the second most used phrase in human language), maybe, perhaps, if, someday, sometime, might, but, I'll think about it, we'll see, sounds good, sure, I can't commit for sure, yeah, yeah, yeah, and I don't know (very popular statement). There are hundreds of other indecisive language phrases we use daily, without even knowing we are doing it.
"The most important and the saddest part of the destruction of our human language is that we no longer use "feeling" words, or adjectives". Marla explains that we make statements such as "I feel like" or I feel that" followed by a not well thought out thought, completely skipping over the actual feelings. There are literally 200,000 plus adjectives in the English language and we only use about two or three per week. "Frustrated" being the most popular feeling uttered, followed by "pissed", which is not really a true adjective and the favorites, "I'm upset" or "I'm depressed" are also frequently used. Marla explains that people have "not stopped feeling lonely, pathetic, disengaged, trapped, misunderstood, empty, sensitive, indignant or for that matter enthused, joyful, ecstatic or enraptured. We just have stopped using all these wonderful adjectives to describe what is happening emotionally, and it is making us robotic like people. We are afraid to feel, so that when we do feel deep or dark feelings we push the feeling away with statements such as "I feel that he doesn't understand me" or "I feel like this is not going to happen". The idea that you would say "I feel" without an actually feeling word (adjective) is improper English, but listen and you will count how many times the "I need" or "I feel like or that" comes out of people's mouths. Marla claims that people are not even describing ecstatic or intensely joyful feelings either since they aren't using adjectives.
"The idea behind all three of these language challenges is that we are extremely needy, without the will to follow through, we can't make up our minds and we are not allowed to feel. This language barrier to our own inner process is not allowing us to get ourselves, homes and lives in order." Marla's theory of how language is creating and perpetuating chronic disorganization is one of a kind. "When I went to do research on indecisive language, need versus want, and the lack of the use of adjectives in human language there was hardly anything about this, almost nilch. I was astonished. Even extremely well thought out people, Doctors, Attorneys, Scientists, Professors, and highly educated researchers that Marla comes in contact with are all using "you need to" or "I feel like" or "I feel that", or indecisive statements. "This is not just a colloguialism challenge, this is the destruction of our being human and having verbal expression, and then being motivated by our expression."
"It is truly sad that, as human beings, we have lost our will to thrive and be productive, lost our ability to communicate our feelings, as we feel them, and that we are absolutely so deeply needy". Marla says fervently, "I have had 20-30 minute conversations with my clients, where they will say "I need" or I have to" in conjunction with everything about their lives, except necessities, over and over. Usually they will say "I need" every other sentence. People seem to need everything now. We say we "need" certain objects, "I need the car today", or I need a new dress", or we say "I need" to pick up the kids, cook dinner, or pay a bill. Marla also observed that "most of us want all kinds of objects and to do all kinds of responsible things, yet the stress of needling ourselves to want it all and do it all is affecting our sleep, eating habits, our ability to function optimally, breathe easily, rest well, and lay out in the sun, all the things we "need" the most. So our false needs are erasing our ability to fulfill our true needs.
Marla seems to think that chronic T.V. watching, electronic game playing, and mindless romance or thriller book reading have a lot to do with our losing our excellent language skills and ability to communicate our ideas, thoughts and feelings to others. People are so absorbed in these "non-living" activities that they are going into worlds created by others, which by the way only make the people who create them rich in ideas, thoughts and feelings, plus a whole lot of cash, while the rest are putting their brain on hold, and their responsibilities, dreams and lives.
Marla Stone, MSW, Lifestyle Coach, Professional Organizer, Décor and Feng Shui Specialist helps people unlock OCD, ADD, ADHD, Chronic Disorganization and Hoarding Behaviors
contact marla at www.i-deal-lifestyle.com
Marla is known as the organizing clutter therapist®. Marla earned her BA in Psychology and a Master's in Social Work and is the founder of I-Deal-Lifestyle, a Self and Space Organization Service.