Taking out the trash—my least favorite chore for so many reasons. I used to think it was because that was my late husband’s job and I tried to rationalize all the emotional reasons as to why I hated it. But I’ve come to understand I just despise taking out the trash. I know it’s ridiculous and from my kitchen to the garage is a whole ten steps and from the garage to the side of the street is maybe an additional ten steps but I still don’t like it.
This week especially my load for the poor garbage guys is huge! Between getting my house painted (no more white walls for this girl!) and with the house already in disarray I’ve tackled the HUGE chore of cleaning out and de-cluttering the house.
As I sat drinking my morning coffee thinking about how I don’t want to take out the trash for the billionth time this week I had a thought. (Scary I know.) So here I sit at my laptop procrastinating by writing this blog post because there’s a guest room closet packed to the brim with memories, keepsakes, and junk I MUST clean up today which will also create at least two more bags of trash to take out.
Taking out the trash is something we have to do from time to time within our lives—not only the physical act but also the emotional act. Between the amount of garbage and useless information that gets forced on us from all sides—the media, facebook, friends, acquaintances, books, magazines, etc. sometimes we’ve got to say HOLD UP and take out the trash. And I don’t know about you guys but last week was kind of a doozy from all angles!!!
We are assaulted incessantly with negativity, judgments, and all kinds of disrespect. Around every corner something is waiting to weigh us down—it’s just a part of life. Bad things happen, people rant, feelings get hurt on the daily BUT we don’t have to hold on to the negative smelly trash that gets dumped in our lap.
Some days all I do is clean out the mental garbage in my head.
You’ll never be pretty enough or skinny enough no matter what you eat or how much you work out.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with how I look. This is who I was made to be and I’m going to keep exercising and taking care of this body. I might not look the way society thinks I should look but I don’t want to be a cookie cutter plastic Barbie doll. That’s not me.
You’re not smart enough.
I might not know everything but I can learn and if something is over my head there’s no shame in asking for help.
You can’t write another book. People are going to figure out you suck.
What does it matter if I’m not the best writer at least I’m having fun doing it. And if it doesn’t work out at least I know I tried. No regrets.
You’re a horrible person. Why did (or didn’t) you say that to so and so? Why didn’t you help them? That’s impossible. That will never work out. You can’t do this. You can’t do that….
Take all those negative nasty thoughts and crumple them up and throw them in the garbage. Because all those thoughts are just that SMELLY, USELESS, BROKEN, DIRTY TRASH!!! Sometimes those words are really heavy and you might need a friend to get them in the dumpster—that’s okay! Ask for help. Sometimes those thoughts are sticky and it takes a lot of scrubbing and scraping to get them off your skin—that’s okay! Keep scrubbing until the nasty boogers break loose and you can dump them in the can.
It’s not an easy chore to clean out our emotional baggage and negative thoughts and some days I’d rather sit and let the foul trash pile up instead of putting in the effort to clean it out but when you do you’ll feel soooo much better. And you’ll smell better too. 😉 And let’s not forget the most important thing—when you clean up and clean out it creates more space in your life for the good things. You can’t have shiny, happy, good stuff hanging out with old dingy stuff—it dulls the sparkle of its awesomeness.
Now I’ve got to go back and clean out this jam packed closet full of crap. Enough procrastinating, time to do something! 🙂
#TakeOutTheTrash #CleanOutTheBad #MakeRoomForTheGood