I believe in goals, creating and implementing plans, and working towards excellence. Every once in a while that process entails doing an about face, breaking from the routine and making way for a good cleansing and time of reflection leading to that ultimate quality we seek. Lately, that is what I have been up to, cleansing and purging. I have been contemplating what has not been working in my life and what will work in my day-to-day living in the forthcoming months.
My cleansing process started at the end of 2011, one day at the beginning of November, when I looked at my garage and realized it was filled with a giant pile of stuff in the middle of my parking spots with no where to put and find all my family’s shoes. I couldn’t believe that opening the door to my garage had become so hazardous to my mental state, so I decided it was now time to organize this essential space and dispose of the things that were clogging my peace of mind, not to mention my parking spot! Slowly, I started the process of going through things, things I had not seen in years like pictures, diplomas, old clothes and shoes and sentimental items in boxes from when we moved in and so forth.
After a bit of contemplation and plenty of sweet memories, I bagged up half the items of non-use, and sent the contents on their way to Salvation Army. Next, I hired a company to install storage, because half the battle of finding something is having somewhere to put it, so later you know where to find it. Finally, I organized the remaining important and useful items in the new storage space. This major step of getting a room where so much is stored and used organized, liberated me and proved that this full life flies by in a heartbeat. I discovered so many things- personal and professional, re-visited memories, stared at belongings that brought to mind the events of my life, causing me to pause, appreciate the journey and how far I have arrived.
During this cleansing and purging process, which by the way was over due, it dawned on me that NOW is the time to appreciate every day, NOW is the time to be in the moment, NOW is the time to live. My Kefi energy was flowing as I established in my mind that each day is a beautiful gift, one that is chock-full of mystery and challenges, which hopefully will build character, keep me grounded, and have me truly embracing the people I love the most.
Some years ago, Dale Carnegie said that, “All of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” Dale, I agree with you whole-heartedly.
Today, as I think of my dear cousin who passed away suddenly last Friday, I realize that this life is unpredictable and sweet at the same time. Let us embrace all the goodness of our existence and live KEFI with a clear and clean mind.
Yours in Kefi,
Bill's cousin, The Roadrunner xoxo