Taking Health through the Spin Cycle
Today’s insight piggybacks on yesterday’s post. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you stop reading this one and scroll down to Day 49…it will help this post make much more sense. Anyway, today, as I continually walked by my pile of day old, mud-covered clothes heaped in a pile on my kitchen floor (very unlike me but where else are you going to put freshly muddied clothes?), I decided to actually do something with them. So, I turned on my washer, dumped my eco-friendly detergent into the machine and threw my filthy clothes into the water. I closed the lid, shut the door, and I was done. As I walked away, I thought about the Unexpected Health that cycles through our life…when we do the wash.
Now for those of you with large families (I’ll throw out my highly uncalled for prejudice that I’m assuming most men will NOT understand my washing insight!), you may have a very hard time seeing any health piled in your endless loads of laundry. And I may “highlight and delete” this post the second I have my own family and am buried in mis-matched dirty socks. But, when we do the wash–whether for ourselves or for our family–we are given the opportunity to clean off all of life’s little messes we have made…and knowing that we can ‘clean up our mess’ is healthy.
Let’s loop back to yesterday: if I didn’t have a washer and dryer, I may have been less excited about letting myself, my niece and my dog tromp through ‘mud creek.’ If I didn’t have an easy fix for our muddy mess, I may have skipped out on our adventure altogether (and to think I would have missed all those squirrel holes!). But my washer allowed me to play with reckless abandon because I knew that I could easily remedy my messy problem.
We Americans have so many luxuries plugged into our lives ,and yet we seem to be some of the most uptight people on this planet. How can we have so much readily available to us and at the same time be wound up like a cuckoo clock? For most of us, we don’t have to take our clothes down to the nearest river to wash them. We have the opportunity to get a little dirty; to stomp through the mud and play in the rain. We just through them in our GE washer. So the next time you are worried about getting your clothes wet, your hands dirty, or your shoes stained, don’t! Just live a little. That’s what the Oxi Cleans, Bleach Pens, and Color Guards of the world were created for. -Until tomorrow, Jaime
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