It’s a sappy Sunday Ya’ll. And it’s a bit messy. So brace yourself and as we get ready to Spring Clean the soul.
There’s a moment and we transition from Winter to Spring that all of our dust and clutter is revealed. I know this very well because I grudgingly anticipate it every year. It’s right around the time change when the lighting is just a tad different and shines on all of the dust, knickknacks, and mindless stuff that you collected throughout the winter and the holiday season. Okay that’s I”ve collected throughout the season.
Yes, I call this moment the big dust and clutter reveal and it stirs up my soul. In fact, it makes me anxious. And every year I think that I will avoid this feeling, yet it still returns.
The truth is this clutter and dust is not about my home. In fact, I’m a neat freak. The truth is I complicate my life. This transition from Winter to Spring exposes more than just a little dust and clutter. It exposes a lot of what I’ve stored up for the past year. What WE have stored up for the past year. A bunch of STUFFED feelings that have robbed our life of joy.
Last year my husband retired from his “dream career” as triathlete, feeling defeated. It’s been a little messy in our marriage ever since. Okay a lot messy. And it’s been WAY hard on us. We searched high and low for a new direction, new instructions (on life), and new places to try to settle. Heck my husband even went back to New Zealand to see if there was NEW job opportunity there. All the meanwhile I stayed here and panicked. I collected fears.
We can call these feelings —> clutter and mindless collections of worry and chaos. Ouch. So sad to type that out. Yet it’s true.
But I’m glad to be typing out these next words. IT’S TIME TO UNCLUTTER, REFOCUS, AND SPRING CLEAN THE SOUL!
I realized this after reading a devotional from one of my favorite authors. It was about becoming an uncluttered woman. The words spoke to my heart in a convicting soulful kind of way.
” I know that I should depend solely on God for direction and strength, but the simple fact is I often don’t. Most of us would admit that this is the case. Right?
It’s hard to sift through all that is thrown at us each day. Clutter happens and navigating this silly-dizzy world is difficult. There are ten bazillion things that vie for our attention and clutter our faith: emotions, materialism, negative thinking, overbooked schedules, doubts, legalism, laziness, self-reliance, our past pains and failures, technology, work, our desire to control things, finances, debt, stress, addictions, discontentment and relationships. And I’m just getting started”
Simply put: we over complicate life. We as in me, myself, and I. But I’m sure you can relate. Yes?
So how do I (we) unclutter/declutter and Spring Clean our Souls? Well, I’ll share with you my strategy, although I think this method of “Spring Cleaning the Soul” is very individualized. Either way, we all want the same end result. Peace and joy and a little bit of life tidiness!
SLOWLY and with SMALL STEPS so that we don’t feel overwhelmed.
- I don’t know about you but I feel like I have a lot to sort through to unclutter this soul. It can feel emotionally and mentally draining if we try to tackle it all in one day and try to solve life’s problems. plus it’s unrealistic, right?. Just like my SMALL VICTORIES theory, if we focus on everyday progress then we are getting somewhere. Forward.
ORGANIZE PRIORITIES in order to unclutter properly
- I’m a workaholic. There, I said it. But I am sure many can relate. We work work work and do not take breaks because fear. Fear of missing an opportunity, fear of not making enough money, fear of rest perhaps? And although I LOVE my work, it should not be a priority over health, relationships, faith, and ENJOYMENT. So if you are like me, maybe you need to shift priorities around placing the most VALUABLE on top. Amen! Hold me to it.
Cleaning (Buffering) the soul with GRATITUDE AND WHOLEHEARTEDNESS
- The definition of the word buffer is this — something that serves as a protective barrier. I’d like to think… no, I KNOW that if we buffer our hearts and minds with words of gratitude and wholehearted enthusiasm about life and our journey, then we can protect ourselves from that CLUTTERED life feeling. But you know what that first involves? It involves stripping away the old stuff and then buffering it to protect the new layer. Ohhh.. that’s deep ya’ll. If we strip away feelings of anxiety, stress, perfectionism, and doubt, we can then BUFFER our souls with feelings of love, joy, peace, gratitude, enthusiasm, and kindness. That takes being vulnerable. And as uncomfortable and messy as vulnerability may seem… it calms and sorts through our chaos.
All this being said, there nothing will change until I (we) make the choice to change. Change our focus, our words, our actions, our priorities, our thoughts, our life. And while we’re at it, let’s give ourselves a little grace because CHANGE is hard. Mmm k?
Can I get an AMEN!?! —> “AMEN”
And while I’m speaking of needing an “AMEN!” and a lot of Grace….
God sure did give us a lot curveballs this year, but he also gave us a lot of grace while trying to handle those strikeouts. Grace to help cleanse our soul as we worked through the heart of the matter. Why I am writing this? Well, 14 months later and my husband has found a job, another career, another DREAM for us! We will be staying in Texas (for now) and getting our “sh*t together. I’m ready. He’s ready. Spring Cleaning for soul, for our new life path, for our marriage, and for so so much more!
Now, excuse me while I go hide my vulnerable red face. –> WORTH IT.
What do you need to UNCLUTTER? Declutter? Whatever word you prefer.
Do yourself a favor, Listen to Brene Brown’s TED TALK. Or just buy her book Daring Greatly. It’s amazing!