Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Doesn't Your Life Deserve A Spring Cleaning?

Our minds are much like our homes. They both get cluttered with old ideas, old attitudes, old conversations, and old hurts. Both need a good old routine cleaning out of stuff that we collected for some reason, and stuff that we are holding onto out of habit, neglect, or just sheer willfulness.

If you want a simple, flexible, happier lifestyle, you have to choose it. And that means choosing to lose some other things. It means getting rid of things that no longer work for you, it means updating the way you do things, it means freeing up some space for new and exciting opportunities and challenges.

Here are some ideas to get you started on a Spring Cleaning for your Life:

1. Cleaning It Out:
Begin by cleaning out the anger, hatred, jealousy, and self-doubt. For example, if you need to apologize to someone for something, just do it. And if you’re waiting on an apology from someone who won’t or can’t give you one, let it go. It’s not contributing to your life in any positive way whatsoever. In fact it’s contaminating it - so place it in junk pile at the curb. Only then can you put something POSITIVE in it’s place and make more room for happiness.

2. Washing It Away:
Wash away delay and procrastination. Putting something off for a "better time" never works because there never really seems to be a "better time" to face the issue. Instead, it simply sets you up for frustration after frustration. You’ll find yourself constantly living or thinking in the past while trying to catch up. Is that really how you want to live? Get into the present! You’re missing your life by living yesterday over and over.

3. Dusting It Off:
When it comes to your attitude dust off the negitive and apply a fresh coat of positive. A positive attitude begins with gratitude. For just one day, practice giving instead of taking, practice sharing as much love, help, care, concern, and gratitude as possible. It’ll change your perspective.

4. Building It Up:
Build on improving your understanding and patience. Sweep out the dirt of gossip or lies. Open the shades and let in the warmth of friendship. True friendships, take work, time, energy, thoughtfulness. True friendships require forgiveness, require understanding. You don’t want to be a doormat to anyone, but you do want to find relationships that are equal and reciprocal. The results are certainly worth it.

5. Brighten It Up:
Lighten up your thoughts with humor and fun. Yes life is difficult and the world can be a scary tiresome place at times. But in your own world, you are in charge of every day. You decide what to think about. You decide when to laugh, you decide what to read, what to listen to, what to think about. Choose to insert laughter and happiness into each day. choose to have a little fun every day.

6. Air It Out:
Open the windows of your mind to new ideas and a fresh perspective on living a happier, better, easier life. Change takes action. There’s no silver bullet, no magic pill. But if you’ll open your mind to some different ways of doing things, if you’ll try some new habits, if you’ll work your mind muscles and your organizational skills in a different way, you’ll find that you’ll create the life that you truly want, not just the one that you end up with.

So while Spring is a great time to clean out you home, it is also equally a good time to clean out some of the issues or problems in your life. 

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