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Time to Clean Up


It’s the time of year when those of us living in Michigan wonder: What time of year is it, really? I wake up each morning, hoping for sunshine. No. We must bear through the rains, the sleet, the snow, the mud first. Every tree and every blade of grass must be WATERED! About the time I give up on Spring entirely, the sun peeks out from the clouds and the temperatures rise above 45 degrees Fahrenheit. But I can encourage us all with a new sighting today of BUDS ON THE TREES!

With the warm weather nearly here, my dilemma begins. I know I MUST clean. This winter, with the plethora of things I'd rather be doing: write, read, publish, walk, visit friends, sleep, eat, my home has suffered neglect. I’m not worried about it though. When the cleaning bug finally does hit me, I’ll be like a white tornado, and I may even plow through my place into yours.

I am concerned, however, about the Spring cleaning of my life. How about my soul: my mind, will, and emotions? Are they tuned? Is my spirit connected to my God? Relationships? How are they coming along? How about my finances? My health? Spring cleaning of the soul may take less physical labor, but it does require some prayer, meditation, and some chocolate bars. Oops. How did that slip in there?

Let’s see. Cleaning chores tend to be ordered by task so Spring cleaning of my life might be ordered this way:

COBWEBS: I know I have been spending too much. Not keeping track of where the money’s going. Eating out too much. Feeding my emotions with eating out. Trim back, dear. Let your year-end spending summary tell you what to cut back on. And then do it. Ask for grace.

DUST BUNNIES: Over the winter I have eaten everything I can get my hands on that I love, using the excuse that it’s winter and I need my carbs. But do I really need the Panera bear claw, the MacDonald's muffin, or the Big Boy pancakes? In particular, must I have them all at once? Back to Atkins for four weeks, darlin', to lose the eight lbs. you've gained. Snap to it!

GRIT IN THE GROUTS: Frankly, my mind, will, and emotions have been gob-smacked, twisted, upended, and whirl-winded by the events in the news - especially the doings of government. How does one fight her desire to lift off to Mars where the politics are clean, or move in with Richard Branson on one of his islands? The experts say set up new parameters. Find new strategies. Walk a lot. Pray a lot. Spend more quality time beseeching the Creator of all heaven and earth to lock up the demons and release some serious light into our (my) affairs.

DIRTY WINDOWS: Been a little lax meeting with my friends. I go through phases where I don't want to see anyone. I know I need to look out to others for help and care about them. Solution: Get some coffee dates on your calendar. Plan a Spring brunch for the girlfriends or a walk in the park.

Hopefully, by grace, I will complete these cleaning tasks by summer and be “squeaky clean.”

That's all I can think of for now. Do you have a Spring cleaning tip? Please do tell in the comments below.


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