The VOICE of Inspiration
By Don Lindsey
The tradition of spring cleaning is something that I always remember doing every year as a kid. My mother and I would go through old clothes deciding what to keep, what to donate and what needed to be thrown away. We would then go on a cleaning spree around the house. Furniture would be moved, sometimes even re-arranged and we would dust those hard to get to places that we neglected throughout the year. While I always assumed spring cleaning was for keeping our house clutter free, I’m learning that it’s also a good strategy to apply in life.
I can’t speak for everyone obviously, but what I’m learning is that getting rid of that excess emotional baggage greatly improves the overall happiness I find in my life. Getting rid of excuses as to why I can’t do something helps me achieve my true potential. Taking away the unhealthy habits I have towards nutrition and general health will help me, in the long run, to stay here and see my kids grow up and for me to grow old with my wife, something I’m looking forward to. Cleaning out the bad things in my life only opens up room for the good stuff that I see popping up every day. I’m sure it varies for most folks. Maybe it’s a job situation that you need to move on from, or a relationship issue you need to figure out in order to be happy in that aspect of life. Regardless of the situation, the spring cleaning method may work for you as it has for me.
Cleaning up doesn’t have to mean getting rid of either. In some cases, conversations or researching a troubling issue that could help deal with or master the problem. This avenue has helped me out recently with gathering information and then making an informed decision that got me out of the emotional rut I had been stuck in. There is also a spiritual cleaning that I’ve found helpful where I take a hard look at myself and all the things that keep me from truly having a complete connection with God. I won’t go into that too much other than to say it’s probably the most important type of cleansing that I do. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to the realization that while my physical growth is over, my mental and spiritual growth will continue until they plant me.
There will always be room for me to improve, to be a better person that helps people rather than bringing them down. These cleansing techniques I’m writing about help me to do that and if you’re going through a situation that needs some decluttering well, spring is almost here, so get to cleaning.
Don Lindsey is a follower of Christ, son, husband, father, and a survivor. Originally from Dayton Ohio, and resident of Apopka for six years, Don sees his life as a dedication to his wife, parents, children, and community.