ducking from the onslaught of arrows and/or profanity for those in the northern U.S.
Never mind that it’s a little chilly yet here in the Mid-South. The calendar and the foliage say it’s Spring, and I intend to celebrate! I’ll get my strength training out of the way early-early, so that I can get out for a nice long walk later in the day. After that, I’m going to wrap up some craftsy paint projects in what will, I hope, be a sunny backyard. We’re set for a long stretch of clouds and rain after today, so I’m going to enjoy the outdoors while I can!
Here are a few scenes from my recent walks:
And one I wish I didn’t see:
C’mon, neighbors! Time to get the Christmas decorations stored away!
My homestead Spring Cleaning is moving along. After a fairly big start, I’ve slowed down, but I do manage to tackle one or two tasks a day. Right now I’m focused on re-purposing/fixing/whatever some of the yard-sale “finds” from last year before the new sale season begins. I made a
stupid rule again this year that I couldn’t go to sales until I had everything I bought last year put in place. (Do I know me or what?) Thankfully, I didn’t have a huge backlog. I just need warm(er) dry weather to wrap things up.
For me, Spring is a good time to reflect on what’s going well and what needs to be repurposed/fixed/whatever on the personal side. I try not to re-run posts too often, but around this time each year, I like to revisit and work through a post I wrote back in 2009, Spring Cleaning on the Inside. I’m sharing it in case you’d like to join me in a little internal freshening up as we welcome this beautiful change of seasons.
Spring Cleaning on the Inside
Think about your life (health, fitness, relationships, career, finance, etc.). Where are you now? Where do you want to be? Why aren’t you there? Don’t beat yourself up over it; just ponder the matter and see if any of these nasties have crept into your life:
- Excuses: We’re probably all guilty of making excuses for ourselves when we’re trying to justify something we should or shouldn’t have done. Surely, it’s not just me. (Antidote: When you catch yourself making an excuse for something, ask, “Is this really true, or am I just making myself feel better?”)
- Rationalizations: Did you know that another way to spell “rationalize” is “rational lies”? These are the thoughts and words we use to give ourselves permission to do something we know is wrong. (Antidote: Unrelenting honesty with yourself. YOU know the truth about your efforts.)
- Unfair Limitations: Many, perhaps even most, of the limitations we face are self-imposed. Why we would do this to ourselves, I don’t know, but we do. (Antidote: Ask yourself, “If I didn’t have xxx in my way, what would be by next step? Then figure out how you can do it (or some form of it anyway.)
- Regrets and Resentments: Writer Malachy McCourt once said, “Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” Holding on to past haunts and hurts prevents us from moving forward. (Antidote: Forgive yourself and any others involved, and focus on the future. At minimum, let it go.)
- Procrastination: “Someday” thinking is fun for thinking about the lottery. For managing our lives, it doesn’t work so well. (Antidote: See Makeover Monday: Getting It Done.)
- RightThisMinute Thinking: We all want to see results fast. Whether it’s successful weight loss, financial security, starting a family, or any host of other desires, many of us have a tendency to want to get it done rightthisveryminute. We should be applauded for our energy, but doing things too quickly can cause us to do them in a way that’s unhealthy, inefficient, or ineffective. (Antidote: Patience. Focus on progress, not the goal line. Unless, you’re looking at the goal line, of course, and then it’s eyes on the prize time!)
These evil little habits have a way of creeping into our lives and derailing our progress. Join me this Spring in spending a little time with a mental broom and dustpan, eliminating this clutter from our lives. Note that I didn’t say we’d eliminate it for good. Old habits die hard, as the saying goes, and I’m sure we’ll all face these pesky demons again at some time in the future. We’re savvy enough to know that and strong enough to defeat them.
Hmm, not bad overall, but I see one or two things I need to tidy up. There’s always something. And I suspect there always will be.
Wishing you all a Happy Spring (and/or a really good melting day)! What are you most looking forward to this season? What are you glad to leave behind?