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Spring Cleaning

May 18, 2020 | Jenny Guzman

“My heart has been filled with so much love and longing to stay present!”

Want to learn how to be present? Spring cleaning.

I think during this safer at home period, some people have gotten the motivation to begin, or finish, home projects. Well I was ambitious and decided that this past weekend I would deep clean my kitchen and clean up the garden to plant some veggies, fruits and herbs. I confidently can say that God used these projects to remind me to enjoy life by being present.

Deep cleaning is no joke and requires lots of strategy. You’re scrubbing the walls, ceiling, cleaning and moving appliances and you’re careful not to dirty the areas/things that have already been cleaned. Otherwise, you have to do it all over! The deep clean was a success and at the end of the night, I felt so relaxed and realized that I didn’t think about anything else but getting the kitchen cleaned.

Gardening was extra special for me. My mom has a “green thumb” and has been a florist for over 35 years. I remember when we were kids, anytime she came back from Home Depot, she would always bring us something to plant with her. We were excited to do it and would take the time to plant them but never maintained them. My mom always looked after them though, and we would have yummy strawberries and beautiful flowers. My whole life, I’ve told myself that I do not have a green thumb but I realize now that it was an excuse. Gardening takes patience and hard work. It was awesome spending so much time with my mom. Her and I were able to talk about relationships, specifically the relationship that we have with our better halves. We connected on how our relationship with God really is the foundation for a healthy relationship with loved ones. I could tell that my mom was so excited that I wanted to garden but I have a feeling she liked doing something that allowed us to spend so much time with each other. I couldn’t stop thanking her. Her patience and hard work as a mother was so visible to me. I hope and pray that I will be as patient, hard working and caring.

My heart has been filled with so much love and longing to stay present! I’m so excited to see the fruits of our garden. I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Question of the week: What would happen if I didn’t try to control my future? Ponder that.

I’m a control freak! Ha my answer is that it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I challenge you to be present in your life. I understand that our way of life will be different and it’s okay – I’m not going to control what I genuinely cannot control. But, if I’m stressed because I keep thinking about cleaning and don’t do anything about it then, that, I can control.

Mother Mary, pray for us.