Spring cleaning, who ever thought of that? To spend a whole day or two cleaning the inside of your house, when it is beautiful outside, not a very smart idea, or so it seems.
I just spent the past weekend doing just that, spend all day Saturday in my basement cleaning out over 10 years of junk! My sister came over to help, and we tackled it head on. The garbage men are going to hate me, we have one love seat, one sleeper couch, and about 20 bags of stuff I was “saving” to use at a latter date and time, which never came.
The dust was thick, and the air was even thicker, but we worked through it all, it was hard work, and it was not what I would consider to be a great time. But the funny thing is, we had a great time, we made it fun, we had a chance to talk to each other, and to spend time with each other.
We also took the time to have some true enjoyment, we went to the golf range, well I am not sure I can say true enjoyment, my golfing leaves a lot to be desired, but in truth, we had a great Saturday.
Then part two on Sunday, still more work to be done in the basement, but like all normal people, I got distracted, and ended up building a small gate between the front and back areas of my back yard. My sister was back to help, and Sunday turned in to an all day event also, between building the gate and heading back in to the basement.
You would think that I was finished with the basement, but nope, not yet, now it’s all up to me. My sister helped me with what she could, but not I must go through all the boxes and start the task of tossing out what I do not need. No one else can do that for me, it is a task only I can do. So each night after work, I will have to go don at tackle on box or so, and big through the past, to bring in to the future only what is needed. And I am committed to simplify my life and to de-clutter it.
Spring cleaning, who new it could be so fun, and in a lot of ways, it is also a very spiritual task.
In the process of cleaning out my basement, I am also cleaning out my soul, it is forcing me to let go of moments I have held on to, and making room of others.
It has also given me a chance to purge my self of un-needed items in my life, to clear out old and or broken objects. It gives me a chance to organize and prioritize my life.
My soul was like my basement, it is packed with old and useless stuff, which I hung on to, and cling to. I need to clean my soul, toss out the broken promises and clear the dust of the human condition off. Clean it and reorganize it, and open it up to accept God.
Yes it’s a lot of work, and I am sure it will continue on for sometime, like the rest of my life, but it is a task that only I can do from this point on.
Yes there are people who can help me, to a point, but there comes a point where it is all up to me. When and where is that point? I really don’t know, and I think that point can change; it’s always on the move. But it is there, and we have to face it. It’s my garbage; I need to take it to the curb myself.
The boxes are full, but only I truly know what they hold. So I will unpack them, slowly and carefully, look at e each item and decide, thru prayer if it truly needs to be in my soul.
God willing, I will be able to spring clean my soul before I die, but if not, God will know that I was working on it, each day of my life.