Do You Believe that Garbage IN=Garbage OUT?

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In Computer Science, the concept of Garbage In, Garbage Out (GIGO) means that the quality of information coming out, cannot be better than the quality of information that went in.

My dad would always tell my brother and I growing up that our room was a reflection of our life. I never understood how ones mentality had any correlation with their environment until I grew older. Whenever I’m in a good place-excelling at work, having some quality bonding time with  friends or seeing more results at the gym, I make a greater effort to keep the space around me organized. For example, my shoe closet which can be a real carnival sometimes, is much more likely to be in tact when I’m feeling good about my life. On the other hand, if I’m feeling overwhelmed, I can leave my jacket on the living room chair for about three days before I finally decide to hang it up. After doing some reading, it turns out that this outward manifestation of ones state of mind is actually a real thing.

I read that, “the environment with which we surround ourselves is very often a direct expression of where we are emotionally and psycho-spiritually. ”

If you find yourself starting to lose focus, one of the quickest ways to check in with yourself is by looking at your personal space. This can be your living space, your desk or office at work, or even your car. I’ve never been the junkie type but I am definitely not a natural neat freak either. I like to think of myself as somewhere in the middle. For those who are Type A, maybe this disorganization doesn’t apply to you, but for my scatterbrained folks out there, we gotta stick together! To be honest, this week was a little rough for me. Despite the beautiful weather and all of the blessings around me, all I could seem to focus on were the negative things that bogged me down. I started to become more sluggish as the week went on, which made me increasingly blind to the space around me. At this point, I realized that maybe it was time to do some cleaning. This includes the cleaning of the mind as well as the places I occupy on a daily basis. I must say, I started to feel a lot better once I finished straightening everything out around me.

Do you believe that your garbage IN brings garbage OUT?

Kaci Gregory is a recent graduate from Muhlenberg College with a double major in Media & Communications and French & Francophone studies. Because of her interest in women's studies, diversity and her passion for cosmetics and fashion, she founded the blog "She's Debonnaire." Her objective is to facilitate dialogue among women on issues related to gender, race, culture, and sexuality and how they impact perceptions of beauty.

1 Comment

  1. Traci

    June 10, 2019 at 3:18 am

    I love it! It’s so true that the way we keep our personal space can directly correlate with how we’re doing mind, body, and soul.

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