Modern problems, Reflections, Self development, Stoic advice

Get your hands dirty


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I love this quote: Getting straight to business. 

When I’m cleaning my house I like to start with the dirtiest part. If the obstacle is the way, well, then, the biggest obstacles should be addressed first right? Like the restroom or the kitchen.

It’s so obvious.

An old fashioned bedroomIf you start with the hardest part, everything else will be easier but often the dirtiest parts are what we avoid the most. We are afraid of getting our hands dirty, but we all know that we must do it eventually.

I have a problem with positivity.

It repels the negative aspects as if they were the plague, ruining our relationship with the negative, which can be in fact, really beneficial. Let me give you an example.

A dirty house is not pretty, at all, in fact, it can go as far as to become repugnant.  We could say that a repugnant thing is totally negative, but, it also indicates what needs the most work. The more hideous a house is, the more it is yelling to be cleaned, the more it is yearning to be worked upon.

The house, obviously, is an analogy for your life.

We tend to hide from the negative, from the dirt in our lives by focusing on “being positive” instead of addressing the obvious wrecks that need to be addressed and cleansed. We tend to avoid those hard conversations that need to happen, also debt or going to the doctor for the general checkout afraid something not so good is going to appear on the tests. This is just plain dirt in our lives.

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

― Marcus Aurelius

The negative is good because it lets you know where you need to work on. I say is better to get your hands dirty and instead of being positive about life, use the negative as a compass, focus on what you can control and get to work. When I’m cleaning up a mess, I’m not smiling, I’m just working, and after I’m done I feel so much better.

I’m not claiming positivity is inherently bad. It can be amazing if you don’t use it to hide from the negative. 

What you focus on expands

True. If you focus on where you want to go, you are going to get there but you must act do not forget that to get there, you have to get your hands dirty. Make that call, clean that room. Be uncomfortable. And use positivity the right way, have a good old grin while you’re cleaning yourself up.

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