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Closed for Stocktaking!

Monday, October 8, 2012


The phrase ‘Closed for Stocktaking!’ is normally associated with a business enterprise that has shut its doors for a short period to determine the value and quantity of its merchandise and supplies on hand. As individuals, it is vitally important and essentially therapeutic that we periodically stop and mentally do the same, because our ‘inherent internal business’ (i.e. the things that concern us) could easily become somebody else’s business! It can also become the business of a nation! The necessary action of ‘taking stock’ or ‘mental inventory’ will avoid us from getting stuck as we could be heading ‘nowhere’ fast and only realise that at the end of a needless journey. Yes, we must take a quick stand to see where we’re at, or we could be forced to operate within ‘mental quicksand.’ This type of stocktaking definitely allows us the freedom and breathing space to firstly see what we have and appreciate its value. As I have been inspired to say and write on numerous occasions, ‘when we find out what is valuable about us; other people will place a value on us!’
It is at that point we get a chance to recognise who we truly are and get an insight into our immense potential. We also get an opportunity to see what could be missing from our lives or what we MUST get rid of as a matter of urgency. Whichever way we choose to accept it, it is in our best interest that we do some ‘mental stock taking’ before having to be told that we must do so. If we don’t, we could be forcing an issue that may ultimately become a bigger issue for us and others impacted by us. We could be taken for granted and not get the support we need especially when we need it most. If still unheeded, we could experience a sudden shut down or collapse. Stopping for a moment to take stock NOW could also save us from ourselves, as we may think we have all the answers, but find out hopefully sooner rather than later, that we really don’t. It can also make us more aware of how we negatively or positively impact others. As mentioned earlier, it gives us, as well as others, a welcome opportunity to breathe, which offers us a unique look at stocktaking. 
We need oxygen for life and to have it we must submit ourselves unreservedly to the God-stipulated process of inhaling and exhaling. Upon entrance, the oxygen is moved throughout our bodies; used precisely for a purpose and then is converted to carbon dioxide that is exhaled. Though the majority may not have readily the link, just by breathing, ‘stocktaking’ is already happening within us. Conscious of it or not, the body will do the stocktaking it has to do to get rid of the resulting carbon dioxide which is unhealthy for us if it remains in the system too long. It happens physically; so why not let it happen mentally? This leads to another question…What are you willing to get rid of or do without and why? Now that you see the need for ‘mental stocktaking’ don’t wait till the signs are unbearable. Taking time for personal reflection is a wonderful time to see what is already being seen by others. We can hide some things or hide from some things; but everything is being seen by at least someone.
Don’t wait till ‘the boss’ has to pull you aside or pull you up! Get your sign out early…“Closed for stock taking!” Accept the necessary process and do what you must! It should lead to a new mindset and a renewed steadfastness to succeed. At the end of the process, our overall interactions would be improved which should give rise to more meaningful relationships and at the same time, ensure that the next time around, we’re not ‘closed’ for too long. Life lesson: What starts out as ‘a sticky situation’ may prove to be a timely opportunity to take stock! 
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