What is it about spring that feels so hopeful, like new things are possible? Just watching the flowers push through the earth makes me want a fresh start, a rebirth, a new beginning. I want to live leaner, get rid of stuff, clean out the closets - and clear out some of the cobwebs in my mind! I want a do-over to the start of my year.
And I know I'm not alone. Many of our students are deep into spring cleaning - redecorating, tossing out old stuff, scouring spaces – clearing out the old to make room for the new.
The desire or urge to clear out the old at this time of year has been going on for centuries. After a long enclosed winter, the beginning of spring meant that there was no more need for indoor heating and the house could be aired out and swept of the winter's ashes once and for all. And there are many springtime religious festivals that include preparing yourself or your home with a thorough cleaning from top to bottom.
Regardless of the origin of spring cleaning, let's take advantage of this urge to discard what no longer serves us to make room for new growth - in our homes, our offices, our lives, and even in our minds!
In this season of renewal and promise, may a fresh start to clear out the clutter and make room for the life you really want. Gotta go...need to move those winter clothes!