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A friend of mine has recently started a business to help others declutter and organize their homes and their lives. A perfect nitch for her, she has proven a master in her advice, offering life-changing tips that seem to stem from both the Franciscan and Minimalist viewpoints. Perhaps because she approaches this business with a sense of ministry, her genuine care of others as she offers direction is inspiring and uplifting.
When one considers looking at life in this way, living these principles exceeds and affects far more than just our physical dwelling. In truth, decluttering the physical world around us declutters our mind as well...and a decluttered mind is an amazing thing.
So many of us long for focus and crave clarity. Not only would this help us in functioning on a day-to-day basis, but our spiritual lives would change exponentially. There are so many products available on the market that promise to assist in promoting that clarity and focus. Many, especially in the natural form the way God intended, are successful in delivering on that promise. Still, if we were willing to "get down to brass tacks," we would be remiss if we didn't admit that no matter how many remedies we take and how much we have naturalized our diets, our focus and clarity will continue to be off until we have decluttered our lives to the point that our spiritual life is healthy. (In case any eyebrows went up during that last statement, please understand that I fully support and urge everyone to work towards a diet that is healthy and full of the goodness that God created, as well as to fully acknowledge the use of the natural remedies He has given us, including herbs, homeopathy, essential oils, etc!) :)
The point that I am trying to make is that our physical and spiritual lives are linked more closely than we sometimes want to admit. By working on decluttering our lives, rooting out the things that we don't necessarily need, and focusing on the things that we do, we find that our real priorities come to light, often in a surprising way. Understanding the way that our brains prioritize in reality offers much insight and can greatly assist us in making changes that can improve our clarity and focus, allowing us to develop a spiritual life that can take us to levels of depth that we could have never predicted.
As we continue on in this "Extra-ordinary" Time, let's take some time out of each day, even if it is only 10 minutes, to attempt to declutter our physical lives around us. May God bless us in this effort and remind us that, in the end, all we really need is Him.
God be with you!
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