Friday is garbage day at my house. During the week, we collect trash in the house, carry it out to a bin in the garage, and on Friday we roll the garbage canister down to the curb for the waste truck to pick up at 6:15 AM. It happens every week without fail.
We are grateful for the routine, for it enables us to keep our house clean of all trash.
It occurred to me the other day, that we should be just as faithful in cleaning our thinking of trash on a regular basis as we do our house.
If there is a rotten apple in the refrigerator, I promptly discard it. I do not tolerate rotting food in the kitchen, ever. If there is trash on the floor, I promptly pick it up and discard it. I have no patience for litter scattered around our home.
The same type of routine can be adopted for keeping one’s thinking in a healthy happy place. If there are any “rotten items” hanging around in thought, or unnecessary litter clogging our mental landscape, it can be promptly discarded.
These rotten items might include a resentment, complaint or criticism of another. Perhaps a fear of disease that is growing or a saddening state that is spreading. Mental litter to be discerned and thrown out might include doubts and anxieties, impatience, white lies, excuses for inaction, subtle judgments of our neighbor, or inclinations toward laziness. There is nothing good in holding onto negative attitudes, and they can be discarded as promptly as a molding potato in the pantry.
God is the one Mind that we are divinely designed to reflect. This Mind is filled with thoughts of Truth and Love that inspire, uplift, invigorate and heal. They are thoughts of patience, generosity, unselfish giving, goodwill, kindness and consideration. They are productive thoughts producing profitable results. They evidence spiritual growth, happiness, gratitude, and health.
If there’s anything hanging around in your thought today that is less than God-like, then don’t hesitate to give it a swift kick out. Haul it out to the garbage bin of “nothingness,” and enjoy the benefits of thinking out from a clean state of mind—the divine Mind—where health and freedom to succeed abound.