Revised Spring 2008: Marcotte
Orderliness is people taking pride in themselves and what is around them. They take the time to become aware of everything that is going on in their lives (#57) which they choose to handle in a certain order. They also have cleanliness about them, whether physical, emotional, or some combination of the two. They have a sense of pride in their families (#31) and the homes they own (#71).
When people don’t have orderliness in their lives, their lives become chaotic. They can’t control things as well as those people who do have order in their lives.
Orderliness is something that people often strive to have in their lives whether they realize it or not. In today’s society, people do not go around trying to live a life of chaos. However, the demands of society often turn people’s lives into a chaotic mess. People want some substance or some purpose validating why they get up and do what they do each day. Why get up day after day and go to work? Why do the laundry? Why budget the checkbook each and every month? The answers to all of these are very similar. These tasks bring order to the business of life. For example, if people didn’t go to work when they were supposed to they would not have a job, they would not make any money, and they would not have a checkbook to budget.
Some people don’t clean their homes. They don’t ever worry about picking up after themselves. If the whole world acted in this way, there wouldn’t be much order anywhere. By each person taking responsibility for their own care, they help take care of the world as a whole. Orderliness is cooperative (#19) action. People work together without even knowing that they are doing so. In order to have orderliness, a person must begin by having a schedule lined up in his or her head. For instance, when a person gets up in the morning he or she usually knows what will take place during the course of the rest of the day. In other words, the person has his or her day in order. The alarm goes off; the person jumps into the shower, eats breakfast, grabs the keys, and heads out the door to work. If schedules were nonexistent and people just flew by the seam of their pants, nothing would ever have a rhyme or a reason.
If people did not take care of themselves and their families, there would not be substance to the madness known as life. People would walk around from place to place doing what they knew they were supposed to do. Without orderliness, they would fail to realize what exactly they were doing.
Everybody uses a type of orderliness everyday automatically as a result of socialization. For instance, students walk from classroom to classroom with backpacks on their backs. In their backpacks they carry the books they need for class, pencils, and paper. By going to class prepared they are using a type of orderliness in their ordinary lives.
People need to have better organizational skills in their lives. A way to begin this new task would be to provide free planners similar to the ones given out to students in high school and college. This would help people keep track of their hectic lives and would also teach them how to balance. Planners would make it much easier to have orderliness.
Orderliness is something that should be used by everybody, everyday. If it isn’t, life can get very chaotic. Cleanliness, cooperation (#19), family (#31), and life (#57) are all reasons for keeping things in order. Getting up in the morning, arriving at school on time, keeping the desk at work clean, and keeping the house clean and well maintained are starting points for developing orderliness in one’s life and are examples of the importance of orderliness and why it should be used in everyday life.