Freshen up the Air

“Wow, why does my house smell like a cat shelter?” I had just came in from an after work bike ride and my house smelled like poop. The litter boxes were clean. My friends all have cats, often two, and their house doesn’t smell like this, what gives?

The litter box is upstairs, I clean the carpets regularly but the smell is like an evil ghost that likes to torment you periodically for no apparent reason.

I looked at my two furballs and they just looked back with a “what’s your problem” look on their face.

Then it dawned on me…….I know what happens in the litter box, but aside from scooping, I don’t do anything to counteract it. I may burn incense if its really bad, but I don’t have a constant source of fresh air.

How often is my mind just like that? Just like when I came in the house, my mind was pretty distraught and upset. That’s not unusual, just part of the human existence. If I’m going to change that mood though, I’m going to have to “freshen the air” and make sure there are plenty of positive thoughts and interactions to fend off those occasional stinky ones.

For the house, I bought new candles, leave the windows open, and brought a couple of plants inside. I’m sure there will still be some smelly days, but now I’m bringing some “fresh air” in.

For my mind; I’m meditating, reading inspiring works, and doing things that enlighten me. Yeah, I still have some “stinky” days, but I’m providing a constant source of “fresh air” to carry that occasional stink out.

If things are looking less than ideal, maybe its time to turn the tide and freshen the air.

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