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[ Spring Cleaning ]

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“When you forgive…It’s like spring cleaning for your heart.” –Marci Shimoff

 

My husband is waiting for the day when my preferred hobby will be a

creative,

voracious,

unquenchable

desire to….clean.

 

I relate well to Kobayashi Issa’s Haiku:

 

Don’t worry, spiders, 
I keep house 
casually. 

 

Cobwebs, dust and grime are never-ending in a home.

But a soul should be cleaned out regularly.

I dislike the clutter that comes from misunderstandings.

I’d love to sweep up all my unresolved problems.

And, sometimes I have to mop up messes when I make them with my tongue, attitude or actions.

Spring house cleaning is important in its own way, but a good inner-self cleaning is even more important.

I think it’s important to refresh my brain and soul.

Maybe springtime is a great time to do it.

So, I refresh my brain….

I read the Bible.  The Bible has a lot to say about interpersonal relationships, giving, loving others and self-talk.  The heroes and villains inside its pages were REAL PEOPLE.  They were moody, proud, and discouraged sometimes.  I read and learn how they overcame dysfunctional families and personal struggles, and accomplished great things with God.

 

I can read other helpful books.

Books like:

Quiet, The Art of Listening, The Power of Habit, The Gift of Fear,

David and Goliath, Rich Woman & The Introvert Way

have given me an inchoate understanding of people and myself

That I never had before.

 

And, I launder my soul.

 

I forgive people who have offended me.  They may not have earned the gift of my forgiveness, but I am giving the gift to myself.

 

I walk around oblivious to the fact that I have offended people sometimes.

Perhaps I am offending you now, without knowing it.

Or, perhaps I didn’t smile at someone yesterday and they are holding it against me.

But, there are times when I have hurt someone and I know it. 

I don’t naturally want to ask for forgiveness, because…after all…they were wrong, too.

But, I WIN by being the first one to make it right–even if my part was  only 1.3 % or 49.99%.

I must ask forgiveness for the mistakes I own.

 

Spring cleaning isn’t always fun.

 

It can be messy.

 

But you feel amazing when it’s all over.

 

Haiku poem taken from: The Essential Haiku. ed. Robert Hass. New York: HarperCollins, 1944.

 

Photo Credit:Aaron Burden

 

 

 

 

 

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