Finding JOY In The Dirty Jobs


I always told myself when I was successful in business, I deserved a cleaning lady – and I’ve had one for about nine years.  Since being in AZ, I’ve never cleaned my own home – except for the daily messes and occasional deep cleaning.  After awhile, I wasn’t quite as content watching someone else do it, plus with slight OCD, I always had to go through and straighten rugs, home décor, etc.

Two weeks ago, my cleaning lady went in for surgery, so last Saturday I thought, “here goes nothin’”.  It took me 3 hours to clean from top to bottom, which led to another hour of cleaning baseboards that have most likely never been cleaned.  I put on my ZEN music, and took the time to see, touch, and be grateful for my home and the things in it.  I felt JOYFUL.  I was tired and a little sore after, but it felt good.  Would I want to clean homes for a job?  Absolutely not.  But three hours every two weeks will be therapeutic in more ways than one.  All this time, while I thought I was “protecting” my body by having someone do the work, I was actually “preventing” my body from a healthy workout.

So often in business, we’re told that we shouldn’t take the time to clean our homes.  The dogma has been “Don’t do anything that you can pay someone else to do”.  That is fine in theory; however, if it brings you JOY, then it’s good medicine.  Joy brings health.  Health brings happiness.  Happiness brings a positive outlook on life.  A positive outlook on life attracts likeness, which cultivates a more robust business.

What brings you joy?  Gardening?  Serving others?  Cooking?  Painting?  Decorating?

Today, find what brings you JOY and do that.

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Prov. 17:22

“Be brave, be kind, be bold, be fierce, be you”


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