Cleaning Up and Clearing Out

I’m a list person. I make lists.

Grocery lists. Reminders lists. To-do lists (my list). Honey-do lists (my hubby’s list). Errand lists. Gift lists.

You name it, I probably have a list for it.

What I like most is seeing items scratched off the list! I find something so satisfying about seeing the progress of my activities, and drawing a line through item on my agenda puts a literal smile on my face.

One of those items is sticks. My backyard is somewhat wooded, and the underbrush and fallen limbs small trees have taken over. So, I added it to my New House To-Do List which hangs prominently on the garage wall on a large post-it pad of sticky paper. (Yes, I really go that far.) 

This month, my whole family is tackling that (overwhelming) project. It would be far too much to try to accomplish in a day or a weekend, so we simply take 30 minutes to an hour a few times each week to lace up some boots and drag some limbs to a debris pile that will be hauled off this Spring (thanks to our builder!).

As I look out of my bedroom windows I can see the progress we are making. Little by little we are clearing the land and turning what was once a mess into a thing of peaceful beauty. It’s not unlike other areas of life in need of cleaning up and clearing out. Whether it’s a messy yard or a messy heart, progress comes one step at a time.

I hope you drag a few of your own limbs to a debris pile today. Clean up and clear out your heart, your activities, or your relationships. It feels good. 

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