Updated May 15, 2017
Does your home feel lived in? Is it clean, cozy, and inviting? Is it spotless?
I can spend many hours cleaning my house, making things “perfect” in case someone visits. But you know what? People don’t care whether my home shines or not, as long as they feel welcome.
A little poem is circulating in social media. A reminder to skip cleaning, at least for today, and do something else instead. Sound good? Then take a minute to enjoy some poetry, and let it inspire your day.
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Dust if You Must – An Inspirational Poem
Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better
To paint a picture or write a letter,
Bake a cake or plant a seed,
Ponder the difference between want and need?
Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb,
Music to hear and books to read,
Friends to cherish and 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 flutter of snow, 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.
– Rose Milligan
Dust if You Must – The Likely Poet
Many blogs and other social media quote “Dust if You Must” as inspirational poetry. They usually credit the poem to Anonymous or Unknown. But some sources (like this Tumblr blog) say the author is Rose Milligan.
There is little information online about Milligan. From my research, I learned she is from Lancashire, a maritime county in North West England.
Her poem first appeared in the 21st edition of The Lady, a magazine “for elegant women with elegant minds.” The publication date was September 15, 1998.
According to the publisher, The Lady magazine began publication in 1885. It is “widely respected as England’s longest running weekly magazine for women.”
If you’re interested in a subscription, Amazon sells the Kindle edition for 49% off the cover price.
Must You Dust?
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know savoring home involves making your home. This includes housekeeping, but it’s not about keeping your home spotless.
Savoring home is also loving your home – the people, the place, and the everyday life you’re called to. Housecleaning, while essential, is only part of it.
So dust if you must, but remember: The world’s out there. Whether you stay home or venture out, make the most of every moment. Life is short, so enjoy it while you can.
Over to You
Now it’s YOUR turn to chime in. How much time do you spend cleaning your home? What things could you be doing instead?
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