Friday, February 11, 2011
In Praise of Dead Wood
This reminds me of recent studies suggesting that part of the prevalence of allergies and asthma these days might be due to growing up in an overly clean interior environment. Apparently, we need pet dander and a general smattering of germs to help build up our natural defenses. The detergent that kills 99% of all bacteria is working against us!
And from there, I take the step to the number one solution for everything these days: clear your clutter! Believe me, I have some clutter to clear. "Too muchness" is a drag. I have not seen any of the hoarding shows that abound, but I imagine they would set me to sorting pronto! But perhaps this constant need to purge, to rid ourselves of everything that is not of use to our own personal life plan is another sort of "kills 99%" detergent. Maybe this is just an attempt at complete control over our lives (and sometimes others'.)
The problem is, this limits us to only our particular gifts and allows no room for the genius of the world to enter. May I always have room for a little dead wood in my life.