Many years ago, an employer gave me some advice:
Weed the garden so your flowers can bloom.
Isn’t that similar to what I’ve been doing…cleaning out closets, emptying drawers, organizing “stuff”?
My garden has been full of far too many weeds. If you look at your garden, sometimes you’ll notice that weeds mask themselves among the flowers. And while some weeds can be pretty and create a breath-taking backdrop, most of them are not very kind to the flowers that we actually planted!
This week, I’m going on a weeding binge. There is one last clutter-area in my house: the coffee table in my bedroom. For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to eliminate piles of “stuff”: papers, mail, cords, things that I don’t know what they are. Just yesterday, I stared at the table and commented to my son that I should just sweep the entire tabletop into the garbage.
Now I realize that it’s a weed. And I’m going to pluck it. If I don’t rip it out by the roots, remove its oppressive negative energy from my sight, it will grow and spread.
I give myself five days. After that, I’m weeding it…no excuses or hanging onto one item. Remember that the Amish focus on quality, not quantity. They keep a pristine and orderly household (well, usually) as if they know one little secret that most Englischers don’t: your environment reflects who you are.
I don’t mean that you have to have the biggest and the best in order to feel more powerful or successful. But if you hang onto things, things you don’t use or really need (like weeds), it says something about your own insecurities.
So this week’s challenge is for all of you to weed your personal garden. Let me know how it goes. 😀