Desperately seeking inspiration for this week's blog my eyes eventually rested on the beautiful frosty view outside my window where Mother Nature is unceasingly creative and productive.
How fortunate for her! she has it all worked out, pre-programmed with perfect synchronicity. I sit in admiration of how Spring blows upon us freshness and light, purifying and renewing all after the long dark of the Winter. I lament that I'm not pre-programmed to spring into action!
My life, house, office, car all need de-cluttering, a fancy phrase that really means that piles of papers, rubbish, old clothes, boxes with unknown contents are stashed in cupboards, under beds, things that are filed away under the misguided heading of 'I'll deal with this later!', clog up drawers.
My life is in need of some attention! I clean up my computer to keep it running smoothly, I attend to the engine of my car so that it will perform when I need it, but do I attend to my own personal tune up, to keep me running efficiently?
"Spring is the time of plans and projects." Leo Tolstoy - Anne Karenina.
Now that I am aware that Spring presents me with this wonderful gift of choice, I can choose to view what is working for me in my life or what is not. I can look into my life, my cupboards, my files, my clothing, and my relationships and ask:
Do I really need this ..... ? (Fill in the blanks as appropriate).
Is this ...... working for me?
How can I make this ....... work better?
Am I living my life my way or just reacting to things, people or situations?
Did I consider myself important enough to set goals for myself?
What is important to me and what am I prepared to put my energy into?
"If we had no Winter, the Spring would not be so pleasant: If we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." Anne Bradstreet 1612-72. Meditations Divine and Moral 1655.
It's comforting to see that things haven't changed so much in the human condition since Anne was writing; I wonder what she would have written on her Spring list?
Personally Spring is:
An inspiration to be aware of all that is good in my life.
A reminder to tidy up areas of my life that need attention.
To get rid of all of the dead wood and debris, clean up my act and cut out all that is slowing down my progress.
Be clear on what I want for me in all areas of my life but above all Spring is the reminder to express gratitude and blessings for being here, to feel, to be alive to all that is in my life and to choose to be alive!
"We were born to be Alive, you see, we're born, born, born, born, to be Alive." Lyrics - Patrick Hernandez.
Make your Spring list and check it twice, make sure that it works for you.
Have a good week.
Mary Jo xx