Doom and gloom is abound! Our glorious British Summer Time is being invaded by the rains again, and its on these rainy days that I’m inclined to get a little bit mopey. Waking up to grey skies and witnessing storm clouds on the horizon is hard to do in late June, but if we look back to Genesis – we know of one chap who probably had to deal with a lot worse. Noah is, of course, the man I’m talking about. God gave him decent enough warning ahead of time, months in fact – so he was more than aware that he’d be spending a whole forty days in the rain and muck. The upside to this is that Noah knew to embrace each beautiful day that he was given. Whilst building the great Ark and collecting all the animals (a leviathan challenge unto itself) Noah could at least do so happily, cherishing each and every day under the wonderful sun that God had gifted him.
In a way, we can almost be a little envious of Noah. His was a grueling ordeal to be sure, but being given a glimpse into what would be the certain future is something that us, people of the 21st Century, have yet to be gifted. Uncertainty and doubt clouds our future, like the rain cumuli scudding across the landscape that I witnessed this morning on my awakening. Bu there are ways to steady ourselves against this tide of possibilities. By taking control of the physical properties in our immediate vicinity we can ground our sense of calm and better prepare ourselves for what is to come. One way of doing this is to keep a clean and organised home. I know this sounds like rather basic advice to give, but a tidy, decluttered house really does help to settle the mind. By mastering and owning our physical spaces, we can hold better dominion over the spaces in our mind.
So if you’re feeling a tad down – don’t! Remember Noah and give your house a tidy, declutter your kitchen, get your garage sorted. Let your mental space become a reflection of the peace and serenity that is all around you, and watch your worries and doubts disappear.
A freelance writer and lifestyle guru who is feeling much better for tidying his bathroom cabinet.