For a moment, cast aside the emotional baggage that may be weighing you down. Lighten your load of worries, excuses and mistakes, and smile that a new day has sprung, and spring is here. The sun is warmer, the sky is brighter, and an opportunity to begin anew awaits each of us. It is time for a little spring-cleaning of not just windows and rooms, but of mind and heart as well. Let us all replenish the good and discard the unhealthy in our lives. It begins with attitude and the choice to make it a positive one. It is the primary utensil to be used in the cleaning process. Subsequently, reinforcing the core values you stand for and believe in is essential to putting that spring back in your step.
As spring is a rebirth of the environment around us,
take part in the splendor of renewing what is wonderful about you, your family
and those you impact every day. What aspects of your life need a little
cleaning? Relationships, values, balance, patience, mind, body and spirit are
all facets of life that need a little dusting off and polishing once in a
while. Forgiveness and establishing goals for your project are the two primary
cleaning agents. To forgive personal failures, those who have hurt you, and any
unhealthy environment around you are vital to a thorough cleaning. Establishing
the goals of the cleanup process provides direction and structure for the
undertaking at hand. Personal accountability is the action step that validates
a genuine positive attitude and the values you wish to exemplify. Not taking
ownership for who you are, the life you have created and the changes you would
like to make, is equivalent to expecting the house to clean itself.
spring-cleaning requires time, commitment, energy and perseverance just as
successful personal growth requires. It takes elbow grease and at times getting
on your hands and knees to really do it correctly. It is never easy, and it
should not be, for life is too precious and important to do a half-baked job.
If you find yourself emotionally stuck in the basement, realize you have others
who love and respect you, and want you to come up and enjoy the sunroom. A
proper attitude, combined with a solid set of core values and taking ownership
for the implementation of those values is a formula for greater self-respect.
Self-respect is also achieved when you learn from yesterday, and apply that
knowledge today for a better tomorrow. How many individuals do you know who
leave their house a mess, then generate excuses why the task to clean is too
difficult and too tedious? The result is a home that deteriorates in quality,
declines in value and is neither comfortable nor enjoyable to live in. The same
occurs when you procrastinate in cleaning up any mess in your life. Your life
deteriorates, you decline in value, and you are probably not too comfortable,
nor enjoyable to be around.
Personal honesty is the acknowledgement that an initial cleanup is needed. To deny a needed change from the status quo is detrimental to your overall well being, both personally and professionally. As spring-cleaning creates more order in the home, emotional spring-cleaning creates greater balance in your life. Disorganization and a lack of balance foster additional stress and diminish personal value and motivation. Without spring-cleaning how can you get your house/life in order? Attitude, accountability, self-respect, personal honesty, and balance all contribute to the development of effective principled leadership. It establishes a core of solid character, and an example to be looked upon favorably by yourself and others. As the aftermath of spring-cleaning your home brings with it a sense of accomplishment and pride, the aftermath of the attentive cleanup to any mess in your life is no different. Take a deep breath and celebrate when the cleanup is complete, and relish in knowing that even warmer days and brighter skies are ahead. Happy Spring Cleaning!