taking stock

photo by Simon Pais

Somehow I never get around to spring cleaning. Once the leaves appear I have the same itch to burst out and be free. Who wants to spend quality time with a toilet brush when the air outside is so delicious?

Fall is a different story.

I get that Neanderthalian urge to roast some meat, cozy up in the cave and pull out the sweaters — some of which inevitably look strange after a year in hiding. They’re pilly or stretched out or just plain weird. Hence my need to do some serious fall cleaning, which is exactly how I spent this last rainy weekend.

Grade school first trains us in the rhythms of the seasons. Fall is busy, productive and often highly focused. It can be tricky just to keep up. But that’s why it’s an important time to keep the cobwebs at bay, in every sense of the word.  Creative pursuits need heavy scrubbing, too. Ask yourself:

– Where do I feel the most heat in my work?

– What gets me out of bed in the morning?

– What activities, contracts, tasks, or ideas have lost their shine?

– What should I spend more time doing?

– What should I stop doing?

Clearing out the clutter sounds cheery and virtuous, but it can also be hard work. It’s tedious and it’s not always easy to release a dead-end project — or a threadbare sweater. With cleaning, though, comes clarity. Suddenly, it’s so much easier to appreciate what you’ve already got while moving steadily toward what you really want.

posted 25 Oct 10 in: business, inspiration. This post currently has 2 responses.

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I love those questions and this post. Thank you for the reminder. Especially after a weekend away (which I was fortunate enough to get this past weekend), routine things are a lot easy to judge as ‘keep’ or ‘throw’. Whew.


Thanks so much, Megan. Glad to hear you had a (well-deserved) break. It really helps to get your head back on straight!


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