I hope you will share this post with every person who gets herself into a tizzy cleaning up the house for holiday visitors.
I know a lot about making a bigger fuss over the Christmas and Hanukah season than is absolutely necessary. In fact, I’ve written several posts on the subject.
So I am glad to bring this message — author unknown — that I received from one of my friends that fits right into the holiday season. Ready to help you have a new perspective this week and through the end of the season.
A house becomes a home when you can write
“I love you” on the furniture.
I can’t tell you how many countless hours that I have spent CLEANING!
I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend making sure things were just perfect — “in case someone came over.” Then I realized one day that no-one came over; they were all out living life and having fun!
Now, when people visit, I find no need to explain the “condition” of my home. They are more interested in hearing about the things I’ve been doing while I was away living life and having fun. If you haven’t figured this out yet, please heed this advice:
Life is short. Enjoy it!
Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better to paint a picture or write a letter, bake a cake or plant a seed, ponder the difference between want and need?
Dust if you must, but there’s not much time, with rivers to swim and mountains to climb, music to hear and books to read, friends to cherish and life to lead.
Dust if you must, but the world’s out there with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair, a flutter of snow, a shower of rain. This day will not come around again.
Dust if you must, but bear in mind, old age will come and it’s not kind. And when you go — and go you must — you, yourself will make more dust!
It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.
Happy Holidays — and let’s go out and scatter all we can.
At the end of the holidays, sit down one evening and make a list of all the house-cleaning you did that wasn’t absolutely essential. Then keep that paper where it can remind you next year to cut back on unnecessary dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, and other house chores that don’t directly add to joy in your life.
After you read this, notice whether you agree. Then put house-cleaning into perspective.
Be sure to share this with someone who needs it.