No, Passover cleaning made JOYFUL.
It's a daunting job. Seriously.
The thing that irks me is that every year there are articles and lectures about making it an easy task. It's not. Let's get real. It's a lot of work and it's really smart to be organized and to start early.
BUT, what we can do--and this applies to any task that is daunting, time consuming, important, or difficult--you can choose to do the work with joy.
- Being joyful is a choice. It's a decision you make. Set your intention and use that to steer your attitude. Write a mission statement.
- Play the right music for the mood you want to set. Blast some lively music for cleaning. Soft music for catching up on writing. Lovely music can set the tone for spouse, family, or friendship.
- What are the power questions you can ask yourself to give yourself a boost? I actually have a small poster that I made for my fridge. When ever I find myself cutting veggies again, or washing dishes again, or doing laundry again, I look at my poster and ask myself those questions for a power boost. (photo of my power question poster below)
- What's your physiology? What are you doing with your body? Your posture, your breath, and the expression on your face all makes a difference. Sometimes I start dancing to change my mood on purpose.
- Dress to feel great. I have been known to clean with a really sparkly bracelet on, so that my eyes will have sparkle and beauty as I work. What can you wear while you work that would make you happy?
- Give yourself a limit and a break. So for me that is like putting on a CD of music, working through the CD, then stopping for a break. Some people set a timer. What ever works for you. Be sure you're giving yourself the space to rest.
- Making lists is great because you get to check off the things you've done! I don't know why that's such a great feeling but it is. Plus, you'll actually see how much you've accomplished even if you have more ahead of you.
When my mother in law was dying, she said to me that she hoped that were ever she was going, that there would be work to do. She told me she sure liked working. It totally changed the way I looked at work. It made me feel so grateful that I have the strength to work and not to take that for granted.
So my dear, make the decision to enjoy the ride and you'll enjoy the results so much more.
Love and blessings,
- How can I transform and elevate the meaning that I am giving to this action?
- How can I do what I'm about to do in an elevated way?
- Who will this benefit?
- What am I living for?
- How am I going to get there?