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Our towels just don’t smell April Fresh, is what I’ve been thinking about the past week or so!  But how can this be?  The washer/dryer was purchased less than 2 years ago, it can’t be malfunctioning yet!!!  So while throwing in a load of laundry last weekend, I noticed a small patch of black “gunk” in the compartment where you put in the laundry detergent.  I thought, “that’s odd” and attempted to wipe it off.  Upon further inspection, I realized that this tray was actually removable.  Who knew?  I went from the bleach compartment to the softener space and then I looked inside of the contraption.  This is where it really got ugly!

As I cleaned and scoured, I could not help but think about how this is such a perfect metaphor for life’s little messes.  I’m certain that I saw that patch of black “gunk” in that compartment on several occasions; however, it was easier to ignore it or rationalize the “gunk” as no big deal, especially considering it was soap.  What I failed to recognize was that even the cleanest of all situations still goes bad if they are not maintained.  Who in the world would have thought that one small black patch could reveal layer upon layer of dirt, algae and mold.  (Side Bar: No worries, I used bleach so it’s safe to use my dinner napkins! No need to cancel for Saturday night…)

The last few weeks, myself as a person, and my family as a whole have taken on a “get to the root of the problem and stop ignoring the symptoms” approach.  My husband fondly refers to me as “that girl from the movie He’s Just Not That Into You, that decided to one day simply cut out all the drama in her life—you know, the one that started with paying her bills on time.  Yes, it is easy to ignore the black patch of unknown hazardous material … but wouldn’t it just be easier and better to get your hands a little dirty and clean up/out the problem or issue?  Then, since you know that there is a potential for nasty build up, why not maintain that situation so it never gets that bad again!!!

So next time, when you see that black spot, what are you going to do?  Are you going to ignore it or do something about it?  It may take you some time and a little elbow grease to clean up the unknown mess that maybe lurking in deep, dark places – but trust me it’s better than letting it soil your spirit.  Then, once it’s sparkly and clean, keep doing the work to maintain it so that your well oiled machine works at optimum level.  I have to say … it is so nice to have that April Fresh feeling back again.

The Counselor

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