By April most of us are impatiently waiting the coming of spring, the warmer weather and the beauty of the earth awakening from winter’s sleep as Mother Nature shakes off the snowy mantle and bursts forth in color and fragrance. I too look for the signs of Spring; the return of robins, the chatter of birds building nests, the first signs of plants pushing up through the soil, buds on the trees that will soon burst into flower and that fine green mist that halos branches of trees just before the leaves break forth and show themselves.
Spring is an exciting time, for nothing seems to hold still, almost overnight the world is transformed from the tattered remnants of winters last bedraggled efforts to hold the earth tight in her cold embrace, into the bounty of blossoms, glorious color and soft, perfumed scented breezes that invite us to come out of our burrows and dance in the sunlight of lengthening days.
The other thing that spring heralds is change. Change can sometimes drive us all crazy, or it can be welcome. Change can be thrust upon us unwelcome, or we can create some of the change we desire. No matter how it happens change is the only real constant in the world, so we best accept the changes that are happening all about us, and look with excitement and anticipation to what is next.
Some wise person said that we should clear out the old stuff to make room for the new to come into our lives. Spring is the time that this activity is expected. Spring Cleaning is something I have heard all my life, so I endeavor to take it on. I am in the process of cleaning out the old, clearing out closets as well as old notions that no longer work. Somehow it is easier to clear out the old notions and outworn ideas than clear out the accumulated stuff that I have in closets and drawers. This may really sound silly, but I have a goal to have an empty closet. Nothing stashed away in that little haven of things I will some day use.
As I clear out the years of accumulated treasures, I make piles for the library, books I have read and will not be keeping. I already have well over 1,000 volumes, with the many books I am reading, have read and intend to read. Most of my collection consists of books for research! IRS Tax Note! For those Book-a-holics out there, having a thousand books or more really is a tax write-off because it is considered a library! I will gift the overflow to the public library, they may acquisition them into their collection or sell them in the used book shop and raise some funds to buy new books. Maybe they will even buy mine!
Another pile is for Good Will that consists of clothing, household items and other goodies they can sell in their shop. I even put up a few things on e-bay to see if anyone wants them. I am always surprised at what sells, and what does not!
Then there is the pile of ‘What on earth did I keep this for?’ That pile is destined for the rubbish bin. Though it is the smallest pile, it is the hardest to make headway through as I try to recall why I kept this little memento. If I really do not recall, why keep it? It did not make it into the scrapbook, so it now gets to migrate to the rubbish bin.
It feels good to clear out the old; to give away what may become a treasure for someone else, or a book they may never forget. I continue to work to that goal of an empty closet. I try to do a little clearing out every day. As I go through things, I stir up dusty memories of events past, some forgotten, some never too far out of mind. I have a chance to dust them off, remember, and embrace the good memories. Some things I will keep, but others are all right to let go of now.
In that letting go, I create a space for something else to come into my life. I do not know what will come in the place of those things I have let go of, and distributed out to the various places in the universe, but from past experience, what is new that arrives is usually better than what I gave up.
I am off to clear out another corner of incredible treasures, anticipating, with joy and expectation the new and improved future that awaits!