Finding Peace Starts at Home: Here's Why Today I Will Purge the Home I've Been Blessed With by Laura Allen-Davis
Yesterday was “my Friday.” The past few "my Fridays" I have been immediately looking for a flight "out of here." Somewhere warm, somewhere sunny, somewhere with an ocean, just flying over the clouds, looking down on Earth, all the things that bring me peace and calm. Yesterday and this morning, I found myself doing the same, looking for the peace and calm, trying to find it on a flight to somewhere, anywhere.
This morning, I canceled all my listings. I'm not going anywhere. I had an "a-ha" moment" – I realized I'm not "getting away." I'm “running away.” I'm running away from the chaos, the clutter, the negative vibes, the unsettled feeling I feel on the inside, the noise. I'm running from fears, doubts, worries, the stagnation and the overwhelming responsibilities. I'm running from the so many things I need to do, but don't know where to start.
My to-do list is so long, it's paralyzing. I realized I feel no peace in my home! As soon as I walk through the door, I feel like it's just one big long to-do list; a never-ending chore, a place where I'm listening to everybody's complaints and ailments – and speaking out loud my own complaints and ailments.
No! There is something wrong with that!
Your home should bring you a sense of peace. It should be a safe place for you physically, emotionally and spiritually when you walk through the door. It doesn't matter if it's a one-room shack or a 50-room mansion, it should be a place you want to be!
Yes, I can hop on a flight to anywhere and feel the peace, the restoration, the calm and rejuvenation, but as soon as I get back home, the noise, it's there again, instantly. The to-do list is still there staring me in the face, waiting, except now there’s a few more things added to that list. This past year it has been life events, change of jobs and serious health problems (that I'm still dealing with physically and emotionally). Worry for my grandmother, my child and my grandchildren, my family. My friends. Death of cherished loved ones. (I haven't even grieved yet.) Loss and damage of property and the everyday dealings has been just a tad bit unsettling and harder for me to deal with, to say the least.
So, today I canceled my flights. I'm not running. I'm staying and starting in my home. I'm cleaning, clearing out, getting rid of, eliminating all the unused and unwanted. I'm purging. I'm starting in one room, then moving to the next room. I will be tossing out junk and doubts and worries and negative vibes. I will be de-cluttering one drawer at a time, organizing, remembering, grieving and releasing. I will be cleaning and scrubbing, rejuvenating and restoring. I will be thinning closets and recycling to those in need.
Today I will be purging. Purging my home, my soul and my mind. Today I will turn on my music, talk to the Lord, pray and clean in my time alone. Today I will bring back the peace and the calm, making my home my ultimate getaway, the sacred, peaceful, welcoming, loving place that God blessed me with! Not just so it will be a blessing to me, but for everyone that passes through my front door.
Next week I will be on a flight to somewhere, because I like to fly and I love the ocean – and I have free flight benefits because I work for an airline. But today I will be bringing back the peace and calm to my soul, my heart and my mind – and I will be starting at home.