Dust in the wind (1)…

I used to be house proud and I enjoyed keeping it spick and span. On weekends especially, you would find me with the radio or cd player on, playing my favourite songs and I would clean the house from top to bottom, putting away everything in its own place and arranging it all nicely.

Cleaning the house/dramamath's photo@www.flickr.com

I loved having guests over, maybe for a steamboat dinner…

steamboat/Exif's photo@www.flickr.com

…or a popiah party…

Popiah/Camemberu's photo@www.flickr.com

…or some home-cooked Sarawak laksa

Sarawak laksa dinner/jin-n-juice's photo@www.flickr.com

…but eventually, I got tired of it. “If you do not make such a mess, then there would not be very much to clean up,” I would grumble over and over again but all my nagging fell on deaf ears. So in the end, I just gave up…and learned to live with it, or sort of! Now my house is more often than not, a horrible mess and I do not dare to ask people to come around anymore…

Well, Kpenyu sent me this via email; I wonder what you all think of it…

Remember, a layer of dust protects the wood beneath it and a house becomes a home when you can write ‘I love you’ on the furniture.

I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend making sure things were just perfect – ‘in case someone came over’. Finally I realized one day that no-one ever came over; they were all out living life and having fun!
NOW, when people visit, I don’t have to explain the ‘condition’ of my home. They are more interested in hearing about the things I’ve been doing while I was away living life and having fun.

If you haven’t figured this out yet, please heed this advice.

Life is short…Enjoy it!

Dust if you must,

but wouldn’t it be better to paint a picture or write a letter,
bake cookies or a cake and lick the spoon or plant a seed?
Ponder the difference between want and need!

Dust if you must,

but there’s not much time . . . .with gin to drink, rivers to swim and mountains to climb, music to hear and books to read, friends to cherish and a life to lead.

Dust if you must,

but the world’s out there with the sun in your eyes,
the wind in your hair, a shower of rain…This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must,

but bear in mind, old age will come and it’s not kind…and when you go – and go you must – you, yourself will make more dust!

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, life is short, so party we must!

Personally, I do not in any way prescribe by that kind of thinking. Even after all this time, I still long for a nice, neat and clean house, one that I will not feel bad about inviting friends over to…and share some delightful evenings together over a delicious meal that I would cook myself. Some things never change!…Sigh!!!