For years I vacillated between either and or. I ate Oreos until my sweet tooth fell out then I tossed a bunch of fruit and veggies in the blender and pressed liquify until everything in life was smooth. That’s about the time I realized a cookie would taste delightful. This teeter-totter lifestyle was crazy-making.
Either/ Or leaves me tangled, flattened or otherwise discombobulated.
Soulful cleansing is not about putting on a hairshirt, getting out a whip and beating myself into obedience. It is about finding both. Striving and Grace. Authority and Harmony. Rest and Productivity.
I’ll Have Both.
I want to wake up to a clean kitchen every day, and I want to go to bed when I’m tired.
I want to send lovely thank you cards on luscious paper, and I want my presence in each moment to be enough.
I want to do laundry a little bit every day, and I want to have a day dedicated to laundry where I can devote myself to a single focus.
I want a simple, sleek bathroom drawer, and I want to welcome every lip balm, barrette and essential oil that parades itself my way.
I want to stock up on sale items, and I want to welcome an empty shelf in my pantry.
I want to be busy and I want rest.
I want to notice those pockets in life where my service is of value so I can offer freely, and I want to accept the help of others with grace.
I want to drench myself in simple pleasures, populating my home with fresh flowers and aromatic soaps, and I want to be content with the world precisely as it exists in this moment, noticing the wonder of the sun on a bird’s wing when it calls its friends to ignite the sky with flight.
I want long, lingering walks where conversation is the reason to be outside, and I want sweat that drips and muscles that let me know I used them.
I want to be eager to learn more and I want to be satisfied that this is enough for now.
I want Oreos and green smoothies.
It has been fun to share my 4-step philosophy in Soulful Cleansing. Identify – Notice – Address – Tend. Today is the last day of my 31-days of Soulful Cleansing, but it is the beginning of many other ideas for conversations. I don’t want you to miss out as we continue to talk about clutter, cleansing and bringing our best soul to each new day.