Spring is upon us! And in the spirit of this bountiful season, I thought we’d do a little house cleaning.
Historically speaking, spring cleaning dates back to early civilizations when people kept their homes tightly shut during the winter and used coal, oil, and wood as an indoor heating source. You can imagine how icky the house would be after months of being bound up so come spring, every piece of furniture and clothing was wiped down and aired out.
This tradition is still ingrained in many of us today, despite the fact that a lot of us live with air conditioning and heat. Though a thorough cleaning and airing out of our homes is still important, it’s become more about taking stock of what we have and ridding ourselves of whatever it is we deem unnecessary.
In order to usher in the new, we must let go of the old. And since new beginnings often require death of some sort, this means we need to learn to let go. This could be the death an idea. Relationship. Habit. Thought-pattern. Dream. Line of work that no longer serves us.
None of us is exempt from this need to streamline. By nature, we are works in progress. Meaning, there’s always some area that could use a bit of improvement in our lives.
What in your life needs to be tended to?
What can you afford to shed in order to lighten your load?
Is there a relationship that is bogging you down that takes more energy than it gives?
Is there an area of your life that’s become a time suck?
Is it time to let unnecessary fears go by the wayside?
Have you over-burdened yourself by taking on too many responsibilities?
Is there a destructive habit you’ve been meaning to change? Perhaps it’s poor food choices, lack of exercise, excess in a certain area of life that is causing disruptions within yourself and hurting those around you? Or maybe something as simple as being consistently late all the time or procrastination?
These are just some examples of areas we may want to examine in order to better ourselves and our lives. For every aspect of our life that is not working with and for us is dead weight.
Now, stop and ask yourself –
What is it you’re most afraid to let go?
That’s a good indication of where you should start.
Now the point isn’t to go out and quit our job tomorrow or to leave a relationship that’s going through a rough patch. But the point is rather to simplify our lives so that we are better able to focus on the things we hold as a priority. To have more time and energy to devote to the things we love.
Loving ourselves and others requires honesty. And being upfront with ourselves about our weaknesses and honouring what our heart is indicating we no longer need in our lives, is part of self-acceptance and self-love. If we can’t take care of ourselves, how can we take care of another? If we can’t love ourselves, how can we truly love another? Clearing out the old will only make space for more love to come into our lives.