Lately I have been reading Sarah Ban Breathnach’s “Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy”.
The book is set up as a daily reading – one for each day of the year – along with monthly notes and suggestions. I’ve been through the book a few times, although I don’t believe that I have ever stuck with it for an entire year.
Sarah’s principles of gratitude and simplicity help me calm my life down and look inside myself for answers. It truly is a book of comfort and joy.
I would like to share a small excerpt from the entry for January 16 because I when I read it, it really hit home with me. Maybe it will for you, too.
“There is an immediate emotional and psychological payoff to getting our houses in order. We might not be able to control what’s happening externally in our lives but we can learn to look to our own inner resources for a sense of comfort that nurtures and sustains. I have even noticed that there is a direct correlation between the days when I’m feeling depressed and the days when the house is in disarray.”
I read that passage and then looked around me Disarray? For certain.
I have always assumed that the house was messy because I was feeling depressed – not feeling motivated to pick up the clutter.
And it’s true that a clean orderly home makes us all feel good.
I think I’m going to have to take a fresh look at homekeeping.