Thursday, October 13, 2005

I can't think of good song lyrics to relate to this one

If I seem to be adding someone what nonsensical links to blog search engines over the next few days, please forgive me. I'm in the process of submitting this site to the blog search engines I can find and one of the requirements for many of them is that I link to the site. Unfortunately, this can add a lot of graphical garbage, which I will try to avoid. Now, on to this morning's post.

I've been spending the last day or so cleaning to get ready for an inspection of my house. I cannot say I've enjoyed this process, but I can say if I had not procrastinating on the mopping of the floors, I would not be now taking a scouring pad to them. Such is life for the lazy procrastinator. No need to feel sorry for me on this. (I think I'll go back to the to-do list. At least it kept me slightly up to date on any cleaning I need to do.)

If I may draw a parallel (and you know I'm going to anyway so asking for permission is irrelevant), our lives are often like this. Sometimes we just need to clear the garbage away from our life to look at what is really there to move on. For me, this came first two years ago when I admitted I needed help and had doubts about my birth religion. This site in many ways is but another step in the process of clearing away the mental rubbish for me.

We tend to fear this process, but if we are not honest with ourselves progress cannot be made in any aspect of our lives. If you still have issues from your past, perhaps now is the time to work them out. You can't make up for lost time but you can begin the process to make the changes you want to make in your life. Take a good and honest look at where you are and where you want to go.

Introspection is good, but do not rely on your self-judgments alone. It was Alexander Pope who said “Trust not thyself thy own faults to know, make use of every friend and every foe.” Pope's advice is most useful because no matter how honest we think we are, our self-perception is always skewed. Your enemies will let you know your flaws without mercy, but there might be merit in what they say – particularly if it comes from one source. Your friends will offer praise in the areas you're good at, but pay particular attention to the praise you haven't solicited.

It won't be an easy process and it can be quite painful. Like many other journeys of this type it's one you find that does not quite ever stop. I know when I think I'm at my end, something comes along to remind me that I still have room for improvement.

By the way, if anyone is familiar with an oven cleaner that works and doesn't have a ph of 14, please e-mail me.


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