Life in the Gutter…

Yesterday…after removing the tree from my yard…which was really not such a bad job…of course that’s easy for me to say…I wasn’t the one with the chainsaw…in the heat…carrying large chunks of tree down a steep embankment…while sidestepping shrubs and rose bushes and a few random plants…so I may have underestimated the ease with which the task was accomplished…but…I digress…

I had contracted for two things to be done…the tree removal…and gutter cleaning…now…I and the friend of a friend who was nice enough to take on the project…agreed…the tree would be the most challenging part…

Wrong…

Seems…I neglected to have my gutters cleaned last year…could it have been two years since he last cleaned them…yes…it could…seems as though last summer…when I was not feeling well after surgery…that I overlooked a few things…gutter cleaning was one of those things…

So…what should have taken about thirty minutes…it’s a small house…ended up taking about two hours…much longer than the tree removal…it seems as though the leaves that had been collecting in the gutters for the last two years…had clumped…and started to decay…making a gloopy mess that was clogging my downspouts…

I honestly felt bad for him…as he pulled out handfuls of the glump…until my gutters were once again draining freely…

We discussed the need to clean them every fall…after the neighbors’ leaves have fallen and blown onto my roof…I keep reminding everyone that I don’t have any trees…evidently that doesn’t matterwe all know that possession is nine-tenths of the law…and I seem to possess a lot of leaves

Anyway…we decided that he would help me remember in the future…and all was well…until I came back in the house…

That’s when…Bertha…informed me that the gutter glump reminded her of my life…now…you may have seen that one coming…but…it surprised me a bit…

She said that the issues I don’t deal with and let go of…just keep collecting…sitting…rotting…in my mind…like leaves in a gutter…she reminds me of the need to constantly clean them up…unlike the gutters…a year is way too long to go

As I think about what she’s said…I know she is right…I know that the time I spend…in prayer and contemplation…meditation…appreciation…writing…consciously saying the Forgiveness Prayer…removes my mental leaves…helping my life to run smoothly…but…sometimes…I get busy…I let my practices slide…I’ll do it later…and later becomes…tomorrow…and…tomorrow…and the leaves collect…and my life becomes…sluggish…frustrated…angry…

So…the challenge is…to…take the time…whether I think I need to or not…whether I think I have the time or not…to clean my mental gutters on a regular basis…and thankfully…I have…Bertha…to remind me…

Jane