Spring fever, we have ALL experienced it at some time! That stirring within us that makes us want to organize, plant gardens, wear flip flops, clean blinds, etc.
Actually, scratch the desire to clean the blinds, I am still waiting on that one! But anyway, you get my drift.
With Easter being late this year, for me, spring fever seems to be stronger for some reason. I can't help but think it's because of the actual meaning of Easter. A time of renewal, a time of hope and change.
Back in March, I participated in the "40 Bags in 40 Days" challenge that I saw on Facebook. This is where you get rid of 40 bags in 40 days. These bags can be things you throw away, donate, or sell. The choice is yours. Your job is to just simply get rid of 40 bags in 40 days. Simple as that, right?...Okay maybe not so simple, but it sure sold me!
Now I will admit that a few days in, I questioned myself as to why on earth I committed to this, and there were some days I secretly justified my 1st graders book bag walking out the door count as a bag to leave my home. But, at least I was making progress and had the end in mind.
Looking back, I realized the challenge taught me more after it was over, than in the midst of it. I didn't realize during the challenge that it was going to bless my life. It wasn't until after! You see, in my mind, during the 40 days, it was just "one.more.thing.to.do." I mean come on, like we really need something else added to our list of things to remember (or forget), on a daily basis? BUT...when it was done, I took some time to reflect on what this challenge taught me.
First of all, I realized for me, this was not a "clean your house" challenge. A clean house is something everyone else can notice. Matter of fact, for the most part, my house looked the same to those who visit on a regular basis. Most of these items I sent out the door weren't even visible in my home. These were things in cabinets, drawers, the attic, garage, warehouse, things you couldn't even see unless you looked for them. Not only that, I cannot tell you ONE thing in those 40 bags that left our home that I am currently in need of or am missing. It wasn't until the end, when it hit me that my mind felt clearer, my shoulders felt lighter, and my spirit felt renewed!
I even felt as if it had a positive impact on the rest of my family. Well, except that now every time the kids can't find something, they automatically accuse me of throwing it away instead of actually looking for it! Ha!
But on a serious note, it made me evaluate what I allowed to clutter my life, my mind, and most of all my spirit. It made me compare the challenge to my spiritual life. What if the unseen struggles or situations in our lives that we don't really think affect us or anyone else, weigh us down more than the obvious ones? This led me to think about my spiritual junk drawers, what can I let go of that I don't realize is hindering me? What do I have within my spiritual cabinet that can be given to someone else to bless their life?
So maybe, there is a correlation between Easter and what we know as "Spring Fever." Maybe Spring Fever is the Spirit's nudge to de-clutter our lives so we can feel that sense of "renewal" within us? I'm thankful for that natural instinct that we all share, and I hope that in the future I don't ignore it as I have in the past, but rather take full advantage of that urge to purge and need to clean! Because for some reason this year, it benefited much more than my cabinets and drawers. And as the year goes on and my physical and spiritual drawers fill back up with stuff, I hope next Spring I'll be reminded yet again to find that renewal.
Speaking of drawers, who doesn't have a "T-SHIRT DRAWER?!?!" I mean, don't we all? In the South, we take our t-shirts seriously and we KNOW if one is missing!!! I'm not suggesting you get rid of your Cancun '99 shirt because I just about have that one broke in, and my husband KNOWS I'm gonna sleep in that thing until I'm 75. Even when we Spring Clean, we skip over the t-shirt drawer! Some of us might move a group to the top shelf in the closet to make room for more, but we usually don't purge our t-shirt drawers. We become emotionally attached to our t-shirts y'all, it's just a southern thing. =-)
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