“Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter.” ~D.H. Mondfleur
“The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed – it is a process of elimination.” ~Elbert Hubbard
Post-pox report: Emma went back to school today. Looking adorable as always. Secretly, I think she was happy to be going back. She would never say so, but a mother can tell these things. She only ever developed pox on her trunk and two on her leg. So that’s pretty darn mild, if you ask me. She was very happy to NOT be itchy anymore! YAY! Mom is happy for her. Now we wait about another week or two to see if Jacob will break out! (Here’s me singing the old ketchup commercial….”ANTI-CI-PAAAATION. Is making me wait.”) Looking forward to the day when we will be sickness and disease free for a bit! Say a prayer, y’all!
Let me preface this next paragraph by saying that I have not completely unpacked/organized stuff in my new house. Don’t be shocked, y’all! Frankly, I find the whole thing rather overwhelming. I have a history of procrastination. SHOCKER. Don’t know if anyone else can relate to that. Some of my OCD friends probably can’t…I have always wished to be a little OCD so I could counteract the procrastination, but alas, it is not meant to be. The only thing that is going to counteract the procrastination gene is hard work, plain and simple. So, for the most part, I have spent a good bit of time over the last four months, sitting here at the computer looking around saying, “When is all this crap going to unpack itself and find itself a new spot to live in my house?? Because I sure don’t know where it should go!” <Insert big SIGH here> Then there’s the vicious cycle of beating yourself up for not having tackled these things because you KNOW that if you just DID IT, that it really wouldn’t take that long and you’d be a much happier camper. Why oh why.
So before we spiral down into the vortex of negativity, here’s the time in the blog where I have to give a MAJOR shout out to my friend, Lisa. HOLLA!
Now, I don’t want to embarrass her or anything, but…she deserves her props! She came to see me last Thursday and stayed until yesterday. The house was in its usual state of disarray. Only much worse because of the pox, among other things. I wouldn’t let just ANYone in my house in such a state. But there are certain folks who love you anyway in spite of your crap. Thank God I have a few! Y’all know who you are. Long story short…I have made major progress! Thanks to her help. Sometimes you need someone to say to you, “Do you REALLY love that??” “That” being the Elmo VHS tape that no one has watched in at least 7 years. OR the textbooks you saved from college. OR the unused 100 pieces of Tupperware cluttering your cabinets. I could go on. It’s a lot easier to let go of stuff when there is someone there saying that to you. Lesson learned: Surround yourself with things you love–Things that make you smile. It feels good to let go of the clutter that has been weighing me down. I am sitting here at my clutter-free computer desk. With my flowers and the framed picture of my favorite quote that Kristi gave me looking back at me and making me feel happy. To my left are boxes that have stuff in them that still doesn’t have a “home”, but they will. Soon. Progress, one step at a time!
I also happen to know that when you begin to eliminate the physical clutter, you begin to eliminate the mental clutter. And by physical clutter I do mean the crap that fills your home, but I also mean your physical body. I know I feel better mentally when I exercise consistently. I feel better mentally when I make better food choices. I feel better mentally when the laundry is caught up and my bed is made. I just do. They go hand in hand. One directly effects the other. Is it too late to make a New Year’s resolution? I suppose mine would have to be this: Eliminate the mental and physical clutter a little bit each day. In a year’s time, I’ll be a much happier person. And a lot lighter in more ways than one.