October 1, 2019
I love to take out the garbage. Ok, not a great start to my first ever blog post, but IT IS TRUE! Here is my history with garbage. Years ago, our friendly garbage guy had to have a discussion with us about our garbage. I guess that after we left for work, the neighborhood dogs were getting into it and making a huge mess. We had no idea, but he had picked it up several times. Our garbage guy had to teach me how to take care of my garbage by explaining that we needed to purchase a garbage barrel and then put the garbage inside. This way the dogs wouldn’t get into it. Ok, so that worked for awhile.
Fast forward to our new house.
Have you ever noticed that if you don’t have a routine for garbage then it can get out of hand?
We built a new house and, of course, now our routine was gone. We live on top of a hill so we have to get the garbage all the way to the bottom of the driveway. Well, that would be ok, but we also have to get the garbage from the house across the driveway to the shed. This might not seem too complicated, but, trust me, in the middle of a winter storm- it’s a challenge. When we first moved into the house, I used to constantly put the garbage on the porch where our front door is. I would seriously wait for my husband to take it to the shed. It could sit there for days. I wondered why, on every trip he walked to his shop, why wouldn’t he just grab the bag of garbage? I mean it was like he didn’t even see it!
One day I decided that I would start doing it myself and I have never once regretted it. Hang in there- listen to why I like to do the garbage.
When I bag up the garbage, I walk outside to the shed. I get fresh air. I get to use my muscles to carry the bag. I look around at the trees, flowers and snow in the winter. I thank God for my house and the place where I live. I look at the house that my husband built for me and feel such gratitude. I take a moment to not think about work or the laundry or anything. I walk across the driveway feeling refreshed and excited for the day.
There is also a sense of clearing out junk, both physically and mentally. I enjoy getting rid of my “junky”, negative thoughts and starting fresh. By taking care of the garbage, I get to recharge and start new. I get rid of what I don’t need and am ready for new opportunities.
I changed my thinking which changed my experience. I changed from a blaming someone outside of myself to taking care of (literally the garbage) the things I had control over. When I did this, beauty was found in the most unexpected places- taking out the garbage.
What do I feel now when I do the garbage? I feel grateful and thankful that I have found beauty in sometimes what other people consider a hassle or a chore. I chose to enjoy those moments of organizing the garbage.
I hope you enjoyed my first blog post and come back for more! I hope to touch on topics such as: strategies for empaths, health and nutrition tips, more dime stories, information about my second book, and a variety of other topics! Stay tuned for an exciting announcement coming soon!
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I wish you a Blessed day and I am forever grateful to have you in my life!
~Monica L. Morrissey