As you write about your mess, consider:
- Why the mess occurred
- Who else was involved in it
- Which aspects of your life were tied up in it
- How you felt as you resolved it (if you resolved it)
- How it has changed your approach to things (if at all)
Why concentrate on mess?
- Messes often occur in times of growth and transition. They mark the process of your development and the strength of your character moreso than the initial and terminal points of your journey do.
- Messes generally result from moments when your control over the situation lessens. Sometimes, you manage to reassert control. Other times, you learn to disengage and let the mess pass you by. Still other times, you may become stuck, which can result in hoarding. Examining these times in your life reveals a great deal about your priorities, abilities, and coping mechanisms.