Yesterday I swept out my garage in the morning. It’s amazing how quickly the dust and dirt accumulates in that space. Then I swept the kitchen. We have a new dog (our pandemic addition), doubling our canine count and apparently our dog hair production. In the evening, I sat on the front porch for my final Zoom meeting of the day and couldn’t help but notice the cobwebs and old blossoms accumulating around the bench and front door. Sigh. I saved that cleaning for another day.
It struck me that just like debris seems to accumulate around my house, debris accumulates in my lifestyle. It’s a slow creep, but little things start to show up. A bit more liberal with snacks in the evening after dinner. A bit less attention to getting enough vegetables. Even a bit less focus on staying connected with my wife.
Does this happen to you too? I suspect it does. And just like our homes need a periodic sweeping and dusting, our lifestyle choices would likely benefit from periodic assessment and repair.
To leave you with something practical, here are 3 ideas you might find useful as part of a periodic lifestyle cleanup:
Perhaps you can pick one of these to work on this week. With a little attention, you can clean any accumulating debris out of your own lifestyle and get back on track with your healthy choices.
Maybe my mom was right when she said it’s best to do a little cleanup each week.
Dr. Topher Fox