I like a neat, relatively clean house—although I'm not quite as fanatical about it as I used to be. Cleaning toilets and floors simply isn't the way I enjoy spending my time now. That said, I can't stand to live in a messy, dirty place either.
So when I read this recently in Melody Beattie's Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul, it gave me something to ponder:
"How often we think we don't want to be bothered with laundry, bills, dishes, the lawn. We have other things to do, more important tasks to accomplish on this journey we're on. ... The simple tasks are the microcosm of how our lives work. They keep us grounded in reality, they remind us of what's real, they show us how life works."
She ended with this thought: "Restore and maintain order around you, and you'll feel order in your soul. Create beauty around you, and you'll feel beauty in your soul. The magic will return. The simple tasks will lead you back to it."
Hmmm, perhaps I need to see ordinary tasks from a slightly different angle. This calls for a bit of reframing on my part. Now, please excuse me while I go clean my house and do the laundry.