365 Challenge: Day 209 – Tidy

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Tidy: arranged neatly and in order


Every once in a while, it’s good to cleanse your mind and body — to tidy up in a way that makes everything feel better. Nature feels the same way. Since this is the first weekend I’ve been home in nearly a month, it’s time to clean up the outdoor plants and trees, which have nearly all lost their summer flowers. But it also means I must take an inventory to know what spaces are available for a few fall colors to brighten the place up. Tidying up the outdoors in the natural world will give me a good break away from editing my books. My 365 Daily Challenge message is brief again today, as it takes a lot to recover from being out of a routine for so long.

Just like you need to tidy up the physical spaces you live in, you also need to tidy up your mind. As I clean up the terrace today, and prepare for its next season, I will also prepare myself for big changes in the next few months. While my days may not be very different, my novel will officially be out for public review. There will be some negative feedback along with the positive comments; such is life. Even with a thick skin, being judged, or being told something isn’t as good as you think it is, can hurt. But it’s a good hurt when you can turn it around to make improvements in your craft. The important lesson for me, and for everyone who shares part of himself or herself with the world, is to keep tidying your mind — so none of these thoughts sit for too long, nor overstay their welcome.

Negative feedback is often the impetus we all need for taking a giant leap in the right direction for change to occur. Learn to use it wisely and not let it get you down.


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


33 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 209 – Tidy

    janieleeds said:
    October 7, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    You are so right! Tidy your mind and let negativity push you out of your comfort zone in order to better you! Great post Jay! Welcome home. Hope Ryder’s doing well! 🙂

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    scr4pl80 said:
    October 7, 2017 at 11:28 AM

    Great way to look at negative feedback. Tidying your mind is a great exercise. Nice post, Jay. Have fun with your gardening.

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    Roda said:
    October 7, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    Looking forward to a Fall terrace post from you!! 😉🎃

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    aquibview said:
    October 7, 2017 at 11:44 AM

    That’s a very good reminder.

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    Atwood Cutting said:
    October 7, 2017 at 1:05 PM

    Good advice. I have thin skin, unfortunately. But being sensitive makes one a benefit to humanity, generally, so I’ll take the lumps with a smile (at least until I’m safely ensconced in a private cave, where I can weep and beat my breast with self-doubt and sadness.) Then, I try to rally and, if they were right, to make improvement.

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    roseelaineblog said:
    October 7, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    Tidy home, tidy mind 😉

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    Manuela said:
    October 7, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    So true about negative feedback. So many stories of people who succeeded after being given negative feedback.

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    Michelle Sanders said:
    October 7, 2017 at 4:13 PM

    Sound advice for us all!

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    theorangutanlibrarian said:
    October 7, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    Great post and attitude! 😀

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    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    October 7, 2017 at 10:53 PM

    You are going to be great because you are do strong and confident and amazing!!

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    mainepaperpusher said:
    October 8, 2017 at 2:43 AM

    What is this “tidy” of which you speak?

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    E. Michael Helms, writer said:
    October 8, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Good for you. Unfortunately, I’m all about untidiness and disorganization. My work desk is a reflection of my creativeness (what there is of it). 🙂 –Michael

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 8, 2017 at 10:22 AM

      I understand. I know folks like that. There’s order in the disorder.


    Rae Longest said:
    October 8, 2017 at 10:31 PM

    I am constantly tidying up, de-cluttering–my drawers, cabinets, and closets; my yard; my writing, constantly rewriting and hopefully improving; my mind; my life. It helps me sort and evaluate and sift my things and my thoughts. It allows me to take mental inventory as to where I am now and what surrounds me. Tidying up may be old fashioned, but it is a necessity in my life.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 8, 2017 at 10:36 PM

      Everything you’ve shared makes me think of you as such a remarkable person. It seems you’ve mastered the art of great order in life. 🙂

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    tylerus said:
    October 9, 2017 at 2:24 PM

    I concur – a mind cleanse is as necessary as a physical one. I know (!) I am in desperate need of one myself. Thank you for the [much-needed] reminder!

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    ShadowThePRcat said:
    October 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM

    Sounds like you’ve had a lot of personal growth, so far. Maybe you should write a book about the end result of this journey you’ve embarked on, once you get there. 🤔

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 29, 2017 at 2:42 PM

      That’s a great idea… I should think about how to consolidate all this into a 365 Day book… can’t use all the photos and links to other bloggers, but this might be a good plan. Thx.


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