Inspiration #7 : Clean Up Your Own Mess

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together … all things connect.” —Chief Seattle

07-anonymous-kindness-inverseTo start this week’s message of inspiration, I direct you to a 55 second Clean-Up Song you can view on YouTube. I mean, just look at those girls go. Perhaps all we need to take care of our messes, including those more global, is an effective, up-beat and happy clean-up song.

So that was a little inspiration for cleaning up your room or your house. How about extending it a little further? And in our extension, let’s expand the concept of cleaning up our messes to those messes that we as individuals did not cause but that we as individuals would benefit from having cleaned. With that introduction, I invite you to learn about the Astoria Scum River Bridge.

07b-anonymous-kindnessDid you appreciate that one? Okay, then, let’s take it further and consider even bigger messes, conceptualizing that we are part of a species that leaves some pretty big messes behind. Thinking collectively and within the concept that we are greater than the sum of our individual parts, I offer the Estonia Clean-up Story.

Let me close this message, now, by bringing cleaning up back to our homes. I have found that de-cluttering not only helps me appreciate the things I have, it makes me feel lighter. To help you with this idea, check out Gretchen Rubin’s “11 Myths to De-Cluttering.”

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