Sweep the Streets of Your Mind

Have you ever seen a store clerk outside sweeping the sidewalk in front of his shop? When I was a kid I would kind of scoff at that image. Why sweep the sidewalk? It’s outside, you don’t have to sweep outside. It’s not even a nice sidewalk. 

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown an appreciation for the act of sweeping outside, or more so, what that act represents. I now realize, that store clerk is not sweeping because he is a Danny Tanner-certified clean freak. His cleanliness is an act of care for his business, gratitude for what he has, no matter how small or insignificant, gratitude for his customers. This thought warms my heart.

What if we valued ourselves the same way? Instead of focusing on the dirt, the things we don’t have, what we don’t like, or what we wish we were, what if we swept the streets of our inner minds? What if we swept the streets with love and care, with gratitude for everything that we are in this moment? It is when we care for ourselves with love and kindness that we create room, without intentionally doing so, for growth and prosperity.

With love and gratitude for you today,

Holly