Fly Lady: Let me tell you something about FLYing
Years ago, I started to practice loving myself. At first it was just in words only. I wanted to find a way to relieve my stress and slow down my thoughts. That is when I found meditation. I began to meditate. Instead of having a mantra (I didn’t even know what that was and didn’t care), I knew I needed some words to help me focus. I chose,” I love myself!” As I would breathe in, I would say I love and as I would breathe out, I would say, my-self. I would say it over and over. Eventually each time I would close my eyes, those words would pop into my head.
Soon I was doing things to love myself. Getting my rest, taking bubble baths, reading books I enjoyed, spending time with friends who uplifted me, and getting dressed every day and putting on makeup. By this time I was able to look into the mirror and not look away or find fault with my face. I was loving myself with word and deed. I was feeling less stress and actually relaxed. A twenty minute meditation was like having a two hour nap.
Our FlyLady website is about so much more than cleaning your home. If we do nothing else, I hope we impress upon you that if you don’t take care of yourself, you will have nothing left to nurture your family. You will be filling their cups with an empty pitcher. Everyone will be left unfulfilled. Most people find our website after searching for anything to help you get your home in order.
The truth is, Dorothy, you have had the power inside yourself all of this time. Your journey home is almost complete. Only a few more steps in your Ruby slippers (routines and shoes) and you will find the peace you have been searching for your whole life. I know this sounds too simple to be true, but I promise that if you will take care of yourself first the house will come together like magic before your very eyes.
If you don’t believe me, then try to prove me wrong. Put down those excuses that have led you down the wrong path and focus on your goal of a clean home. Go shine your sink. Use this system to guide you to your special place of peace. You will find it. Come Fly with me.
For more help getting rid of your CHAOS, check out Marla Cilley’s website at www.FlyLady.net, or her books, Sink Reflections, published by Random House, and her New York Times Best Selling book, Body Clutter, published by Simon and Schuster. Copyright 2012 Marla Cilley Used by permission in this publication.