Take a look at that shiny floor. (Picture courtesy of Desire to Inspire and those great ladies' highlighting another great photographer Eric Piasecki.) I'd like to sit in that room and possibly have a nice cocktail or just wait for someone. Which reminds me, waiting used to make me feel so uptight.
How many of us get that anxious feeling that tells us "you need a drink"?
Like when you're overwhelmed, "you need a drink."
Or you just want to give up for the rest of the day/evening so you have a drink?
In our culture, "You need a drink" is an acceptable suggestion to the outward showing of anxiety, sadness, depression. And it definitely works. But at a certain age, during a certain hard time in my life, with a certain level of consciousness, "have a drink" was not the solution to my problems. It would only add to the problem.
So during a really lonely, confused, worn out, fight-or-flight moment I didn't flee my apartment and all its gray energy. I took a bucket, poured water into it and added a shot of Pine-Sol. Not as soothing as a good Tequila but let me tell you where the shot of Pine-Sol took me. It's easy to imagine where the shot(s) of Tequila would've taken me.
After sweeping the floor, I got down on my hands and knees and with a large sponge I washed the floors. Growing up I never had to clean the house (I'll blog about that later). So I did what I'd observed women in India and Mexico do as they cleaned. These were usually young girls who were the maids of the house and who mopped every day of the week.
Because squatting down is more common in Asia, I didn't so much get on my knees, but just bend them so that my back is protected and the majority of the effort comes from the limbs. If you aren't accustomed to squatting down start getting into the habit. It's more natural than the other forms of sitting we do in the West. I've seen men and women squat down waiting for a bus in Vietnam and when you try it you realize it's a hell of a lot better on the knees than standing. Careful though to work up to your squats and squatting positions.
As I moved across the floor I swear to you I regained my grounding. Not to sound too new agey or hokey but if you ever need to get over yourself and begin to once again feel like a needed component of society get low to the ground and clean.
Plus Pine-Sol makes the place smell like Pine-Sol and who doesn't like that? I'd love to hear your thoughts on Pine-Sol. With so much information out there about chemicals and natural cleaners I've still stayed true to Pine-Sol. I'm into multi-purpose cleaners so I don't clutter the cabinets under my sink. But what do you think?