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The one thing that I did for myself today was truly a labor of love.  I love my home, and I love when it is neat, clean, and organized, which because of my tendency to be a bit of a neat freak, it normally is all three.  My two daughters and I usually work together to clean our home every other weekend when they are here with me, but last weekend, they were on a trip with their dad, so, it didn’t get done.  Rather than wait until the next weekend when the three of us can work together to do the cleaning, I felt the need to do it today.  There is something so satisfying about seeing a task through from start to finish, and whenever I finish dusting, vacuuming, scrubbing, etc., it is a form of instant gratification.  I also find that when I clean that I lose myself in the task at hand, which is meditative in its own way, as I am present and focused.  In fact when I am stressed or upset, I turn to cleaning and reorganizing, as they have a calming effect on me.  Maybe, that is what is meant by the old saying “Cleanliness is next to godliness”, as it is a different sort of spiritual experience for me. 

I spent the afternoon cleaning, and I now am reaping the rewards as I curl up on my couch tonight with a hot cup of green tea.  I feel proud of myself for getting everything cleaned and straightened up, and it feels so good to relax in a warm, welcoming, comfortable, freshly cleaned environment.  Everything looks good and smells great, and it really does boost my mood and leave a smile on my face.  I wasn’t necessarily in the mood to clean this morning, but I am so glad that I did.  Ah, clean never felt so good!

In addition to taking care of my home here in Kentucky, I also took care of another one of my “homes”, my alma mater, the University of Dayton (UD).  I went to UD for my undergraduate education, and although I haven’t lived in Dayton since I graduated from UD, a part of my heart remains there.  That’s why when UD kicked off their month-long “I Love UD” campaign, I knew what I had to do to commemorate all of the many reasons I truly love my alma mater. 

There is no possible way to ever repay the UD faculty, staff, and administration for the excellent education I received, the care and support that they showed me, and the safe and loving environment I called my home for four years.  It really is more than just a university to me, for it helped me to become the person I am today and gave me the best friends in the world and some of my happiest memories of my life.  In order to show my gratitude and to give another co-ed the opportunity that I had, I gave from my heart and made a donation to UD this evening.  Money may not buy you happiness, but it definitely can be used to fund opportunities that can lead to happiness.  I always have and always will support “the house that built me”, and I am so glad that I was able to give back to them for all that they have given to me. 

Just one thing each day . . .

For more of my musings, please, visit “That’s Another Story” at www.kristijojedlicki.wordpress.com .

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