All over the world, people sweep. It’s ancient. It is the ritual of preparing, clearing, and cleaning our space.

When we sweep we put things in order, arranging our world.

When I used to perform street theater I would sometimes begin by sweeping the “stage,” the place where the performance was about to take place. I remember opening up my dance studio in college, sweeping the wooden floor. In both instances, it was a mental process, not just a physical one. I was clearing the area while inspecting it, readying it for a day’s work… and doing the same for my mind.

How do you start your week? Put your desk in order? Your kitchen? Your office? What might you do this week to intentionally prepare your space for life?


“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” – Robert Kennedy