There are some who would say this is easy given there’s a lot of empty space in there and I have enough little people dashing about inside the cavity to do a fairly good job. Others say, really – no problem at all – just send a jet of vacuum-powered air into one ear and it will suck all the debris out the other. And given, there’s nothing but debris – the chore isn’t a difficult one.
I, of course, beg to differ with the pundits. I like to take the rooms inside my brain, rearrange their contents and even shuffle the rooms themselves around.
Starting with my writing room – a good spring clean involves what I’m doing and how I’m doing it and how much time I’m spending on it. First, turning the page completely on my latest book and filing it with other unpublished works. Next – taking all my “book idea” files and either trashing or keeping one or two for future consideration. Then, working mightily and daily (except when I’m hiking) on my hiking book. Today, I completed another section and I do like it. I realize as I write that there is going to have to be some serious research work that has to go into the project. And I hate research. But yes, I will suck it up and do it.
In the spirit of spring cleaning, I am also projecting into the spring and summer hiking seasons and sorting out all the hikes I plan on doing (including backpacking trips). I see that it will be a busy season and that makes me irrationally happy. I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel.
As I get outside in the yard more, I also see more hope for the garden. We’re going to make this place look pretty darn good.
And last of all there is this whole political thing that is taking up a bit more space in my consciousness. But while others are fighting it out on Facebook (most of my friends it seems), I am hanging back a bit more quietly than I have in the past. While I would like everyone to vote Green, that is not my chief aim. my biggest message is just: get out and vote. Vote for the policy you believe in. Vote for your best future and the best future for the children.
I have never walked into a polling station without being moved to tears. Ever. This process is so precious. We are so privileged to have it. The fact that people take it for granted astounds me. This is how we effect change in the world – in our lives.
I want people to inform themselves about the parties and the candidates. I want them to think about their lives and about the planet – about what is truly best and then to vote.