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Beyond Perception’s Reach: Spring Clean Your Life by Denis McBrinn

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Spring Clean

Denis McBrinn

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“May life do for you what spring does for the cherry trees”. Pablo Neruda
Cherry blossom is symbolic of renewal and the fleeting nature of life. Transcendentally beautiful, lasting a short time, they remind us of the fragile and finite nature of existence.

Sometimes, our lives feel as bleak and hopeless as the trees in winter. When we think about the bare, lifeless trees we have lived with over the long winter lock down, it is easy to believe that nothing will ever change. Now, nature is bursting into life and all around there is a profusion of growth, freshness and colour. Yet, just a few weeks ago, these same cherry trees looked so desolate and forlorn. Just look at the transformation now! Spring and the cherry trees are a metaphor for perseverance and hope. Nothing is so beautiful as spring, it is about recovery, renewal and the promise of a new beginning, to help lift our spirits.
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Traditionally, the arrival of spring invites us to spring clean our homes and gardens. It is time to tidy up or repair things indoors and outside that may need attention after the storms of winter. Similarly, our spirits need a “spring clean”, especially after this year of unimagined challenges, upheaval and uncertainty. Now is the ideal time to take stock and tidy up the important social, financial, physical, emotional and spiritual areas of our lives.

What is going well?

What areas need more attention?

What am I putting up with?

What is constantly draining my energy?

What are the priorities for spring cleaning my “one wild and precious life”.

One of the great benefits of spring cleaning is the boost it gives to our energy and enthusiasm.
Start today and begin by taking small, practical steps. Break the challenges down into bite-size tasks. Doing a little often is the key to spring cleaning and tidying up our lives. Take it in easy stages and you will have more physical and mental energy to maintain momentum, and see projects through to completion.

Spring is about opening ourselves to new ways of thinking and acting. It beckons us to renew and ensure that life goes on, despite the challenges and difficulty. It is how well we respond when the odds are stacked against us, that defines our true character. There is a natural cycle to life. Everything is part of the rhythm of birth, growth, decay and renewal. The darkness and death of winter gives way to the joy and new life of spring.

Life is often confounding and mysterious, but it is not totally unpredictable, or unreliable. The sun always rises and sets. The seasons come and go. The cherry blossoms visit briefly each spring to lift our spirits, reminding us to keep going and allow our lives to blossom. May this spring refresh you with the excitement of personal growth and renewal.

“May life do for you what spring does for the cherry trees”. Pablo Neruda

BEYOND PERCEPTION’S REACH is a collection of brief thoughts and reflections on the complexities and challenges of life’s mysteries. The weekly blog will explore some of the questions and personal challenges we face in our uncertain and confusing world. How do we bring a bit more joy, purpose and fulfillment to our “one wild and precious lives”?

© Denis McBrinn 2021

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