Just for Today – Cluttered spirits

“We try to remember that when we make amends we are doing it for ourselves. ” – Basic Text, p.41

As long as we still owe amends, our spirits are cluttered with things we don’t need. We’re carrying the extra load of an apology owed, a resentment held, or unexpressed remorse. It’s like having a messy house. We could leave so we don’t have to see the mess, or maybe just step over the piles of debris and pretend they aren’t there. But ignoring the disorder won’t make it disappear. In the end, the dirty dishes, the crumb-filled carpet, and the overflowing wastebaskets are still there, waiting to be cleaned up.

A cluttered spirit is just as hard to live with as a messy home. We always seem to be tripping over yesterday’s leavings. Every time we turn around and try to go somewhere, there is something blocking our path. The more we neglect our responsibility to make amends, the more cluttered our spirits become. And we can’t even hire someone to clean up. We have to do the work ourselves.

We gain a deep sense of satisfaction from making our own amends. Just as we would feel after we’ve cleaned our homes and have time to enjoy a bit of sunshine through sparkling windows, so will our spirits rejoice at our freedom to truly enjoy our recovery. And once the big mess is cleaned up, all we have to do is pick up after ourselves as we go along.

Just for Today: I will clear away what’s cluttering my spirit by making the amends I owe.

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2 thoughts on “Just for Today – Cluttered spirits

  1. Thank you for your posts! Each one is always so great at reminding me of where I’ve come from, where I’m at and where I’m going. Best of all, it reminds me that I’m a work in progress and I’m pretty darn happy with my progress so far! I really like this post, it had me reflect on how insanely cluttered my very soul used to be…it was the worse case of hoarders you could imagine and made me sick to death everyday. It feels so freaking good now that I have let go of most of the garbage I don’t need to lug around. *I’m human, I’m still working on some of it! But wow….it really is good to be reminded of all this. Thank you for writing! 🙂

    • psquirrel says:

      Glad to hear from you! =) Yes we are all human, especially me even though I am a squirrel – lol. Your perspective is really refreshing and I’m really glad to hear you’re doing well! That gives me hope for my future, as it’s been quite the bumpy ride. But every step back seems to illuminate exactly WHY I never want to fail completely and tumble head over tail into the darkness… and as you’ve said – I just want to never give up and KEEP WORKING ON IT. =) I’m glad you liked this post – and believe it or not your wonderful comments helped me through a tough period. thanks! =)

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