So where do we go after The Simplicity Series? Once we start cleaning out and organizing our physical spaces, it's only natural that our minds and our hearts will begin yearning for the same breath of freedom. Like a plate of spaghetti, every area of our lives is beautifully intertwined in ways that are quite complex. Try as we might, we just can't separate the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of who we are. It's impossible.
That's how our Grand Designer shaped us.
What I know to be true is this: Chaotic physical spaces often reflect an inner chaos of mind and heart.
And an inner chaos of mind and heart often plays out in chaotic physical spaces.
So ... what practical responses to this truth can we embrace?
Your Physical Space
Throw open the windows and air the house out. All those throws and quilts and pillows? Store or toss anything that doesn't whisper 'spring has sprung.' Farewell to those tired dried wreaths and plants gasping for their final breath. Things to say goodbye to include stacks of newspapers, piles of magazines that you have no interest in, overdue library books, expired coupons, the pine scented candles, and other stuff that's seen its day.
And ... the cascade of junk mail on the table, endless dust collectors/collectibles, the long forgotten basket of Christmas cards, the piles of clothes waiting to be mended or washed or shared, overflowing bags of recyclables, and the odd assortment of toys, shoes, boots, and miscellaneous equipment that desperately need to find a home.
Take 15 will help you take care of business, step by step. Is today the day?
Your Brain Space
Too much information and too many screens and far too much time online. Brain clutter swirling around, begging for focused attention that will never happen because we're way too absorbed with Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Pinterest. Email. And a huge myriad of games and blogs and other time stealers. Truth be told, we've friended and followed way too many people and been drawn in by pasttimes that keep us checked out from those who're sitting three feet away.
What better time than now to figure out what you truly want to focus on, and say good-bye to time spent absorbed in online activities and people whose season is long past.
Here's 6 choices you can make. Is today the day?
Your Heart Space
Resentments, unfinished business, bitterness, jealousy. Painful wounds that still fester because they haven't been tended to. People who should have been forgiven long ago. This heavy load does nothing but sap way too much energy from our lives, coloring our souls with a great sadness, oft' tinged with anxiety or depression. What do you need to do to let all of this go?
Write it off. Whether they deserve it or not. Is today the day?
I don't know about you, but I'm determined to wrap up some long unattended business. I'm flinging open windows right and left, breathing deep, and embracing that hope-filled future that God longs for us to experience. You, too?
* adapted from the post one year ago!