Preparing for a new year

There is something about cleaning…about de-cluttering…about organizing. All of these take a bit of concentration, consistency, and cooperation in order to be done well. All of these may not be a favorite chore at first, but trust me the work is well worth it. Especially when preparing for a new year.

In our house this bend of a new year, we are putting together a new desk for homework space AND purchasing a juicer. Both of these purchases have required the house to be de-cluttered to make room. These purchases are also a way to set new intentions as a family as well as individuals. This year we intend to continue practicing the technique of thinking. We hope to build our intellects and reach for the higher as the lower melt away.   We intend to continue channeling our actions towards living a healthy, active lifestyle.

THE DESK: We, as a family, set out to provide a thinking space. Concentration is a thing of the past, in my opinion. In today’s go-go society, it is easy to for the mind to worry over the past or become anxious of the future. Technology is also a heavy part of todays days. As a mother raising a child, I strive to remind the young that it is important to pause and think about our thoughts and actions…our intentions…our goals. To practice this technique of the mind holding on to the present occupation without distraction, is a life lesson that must be lived. Back to the desk. We have a small abode and so the only space for the desk is in my son’s room. Let the cleaning begin! For half a day, I rummaged through old toys that were no longer needed or played with. A pile was made to give a way as well as a pile of broken pieces (regrettably, we did throw the broken pieces away due to lack of space in our craft area). It felt so damn good to clear out the old and simplify the “things” that accumulate in a kids room! (Kind of like cleaning through emails that accumulate.)

THE JUICER: We, as a family (even the begrudged 8 year old) set out to feed ourselves the healthiest possible nutrients for our family. As we focus our actions in one direction, we realize the power of consistency. Of course the shiny metal objects or glistening cupcakes are tantilizing, yet with more consistency (daily juicing) we hope to resist and persist.

Cleaning/de-cluttering/organizing is a lot like choosing to participate in eating simple, WHOLE foods. Preparation is crucial, like preparing a list before shopping. Then organizing an action plan like planning breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the week. And last but not least, the following through with the action like getting home from store and washing fruits and veggies and putting them into containers or green bags to stay fresher longer.

As we enter this new year, let us reign in our focus and set out to live the lives we want to live.

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