Saturday, September 4, 2010

Clean FUN

Who knew cleaning and organizing can be so much fun!? Not to mention, artsy-fartsy, too!

I clean our city home as much as I can: fom the ceiling down to the floor, from air-conditioner filters to toilet seats, from replacing curtains to changing bedsheets, from scrubbing tiles to wiping furniture - you name it, I've probably done it.  I know I can be overbearingly organized sometimes (okay, maybe most of the time) but there's just a certain feeling, not of control, but of peace brought about by a settled environment. To quote Eckhart Tolle, a German-born writer, public speaker and spiritual teacher:

"Are you polluting the world or cleaning up the mess? You are responsible for your inner space; nobody else is, just as you are responsible for the planet. As within, so without: If humans clear inner pollution, then they will also cease to create outer pollution."

I couldn't agree more.

Going way back, there were several moments when I [out of stressful circumstances] thought of this need to be meticulously clean as possible as a sort-of tendency towards an obsessive-compulsive personality. Then, I had an epiphany. I realized that a perfect example of order is the universe, which was created by God in a deeply systematic fashion. Thus, it only makes sense to keep the world in harmony if we were brought into it that way.

Nevertheless, there is another line of caution. Peace and order does not begin and end only with objects or places. The Bible in 1 Peter 3:8 also tells us this: "[Suffering for Doing Good] Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble."

With this, suddenly, every day feels more like HOME. :)

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