Spring Cleaning

As winter approaches its end, we look forward to spring. However, we ready ourselves by taking inventory of that which pertains to the season. Gardening tools are dusted off, lawn mowers serviced; seeds and plants for aesthetic and practical purpose are replenished. All to enhance the beauty of own properties or to make our gardens bountiful.

Natural law teaches us that spring is an awakening from the death of winter. All that was dormant is revived and flourishes as the earth warms and nurtures growth by the life given gifts of melting snow, spring rains and the bright rays of an energizing sun.

We too are subject to natural laws. Yet though we are affected in a like manner as nature, we are also affected by that which is unlike nature. The doldrums of winter are past. The sunlight of spring that enters our eyes inspires illumination of the heart. And there within an inventory must be taken also. An evaluation of conscience. A soul search that reveals the truth of our state of being.

The undoing of a vice invites a virtue. Each transference accomplished is like clearing out our basement of all unnecessary and unwanted boxes and rubbish that has obscured the potential of what that area may become.

By performing the same self-evaluation we, in good will, can clear the way for new relationships or renew the ones we have, through a less troubled heart. Too often the obstacles that stand between ourselves and our loved ones can be swept away with a little spring cleaning, as a result of a change in attitude-simply by willing it. The only thing that keeps us from accomplishing this is an over-concern of self rather that others.

So as you ready your home and property for spring’s joyous revitalization-do the same for yourself and re-ignite the flame of love between you and those you hold dear.

The Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen once said: “We should strive to rid ourselves of one sin each year.” In doing so our hearts will become lighter, less troubled and more accessible to others as the conscience clears with each sin that falls away.

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About Alan A. Malizia: Contagious Optimism! Co-Author

Retired mathematics teacher and high school athletics coach. Honors: 1988 Ct. Coach of the Year for H.S. Girls Voleyball and 2007 Inducted into the Ct. Women's Volleyball Hall of Fame. Since retiring have written two books; "The Little Red Chair," an autobiography about my life experience as a polio survivor and "A View From The Quiet Corner," a selection of poems and reflections. Presently I am a contributing author for the "Life Carrots" series primarily authored by Dave Mezzapelle of Goliathjobs.com.
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