1 : free from (a) dirt or pollution; (b) contamination or disease; or (c) or relatively free from radioactivity
2 : (a) unadulterated, pure; (b) having no interior flaws visible; (c): free from growth that hinders tillage
3 : (a) free from moral corruption, sinister connections, violations; (b) free from offensive treatment of sexual subjects and use of obscenity; (c) observing the rules : fair
4 : ceremonially or spiritually pure
5 : (a) thorough, complete; (b) deftly executed : skillful; (c) hit beyond the reach of an opponent
Clean (adj.): Old English claene “free from dirt or filth; pure, chaste, innocent; open, in the open,” of beasts, “ritually safe to eat,” from West Germanic klainoz “clear, pure,” from Proto-Indo-European root gel– “bright, gleaming.”
“Largely replaced by clear, pure in the higher sense,” but as a verb (mid-15th century) it has largely usurped what once belonged to cleanse. Meaning “whole, entire” is from c. 1300 (clean sweep in the figurative sense is from 1821). Sense of “innocent” is from c. 1300; that of “not lewd” is from 1867; that of “not carrying anything forbidden” is from 1938; that of “free of drug addiction” is from 1950s. To come clean “confess” is from 1919, American English.
“Excuse the mess, but we live here.”
Roseanne Barr (b. 1952 in Salt Lake City, Utah, comedian, actress, writer, television producer, and director)
“Sometimes I want to clean up my desk and go out and say, ‘Respect me; I’m a respectable grown-up!’ and other times I just want to jump into a paper bag and shake and bake myself to death.”
Wendy Wasserstein (1950-2006, American playwright, receiving the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1989 for her play, The Heidi Chronicles)
“DETOX your mind, body, AND your contact list.”
SupaNova Slom (celebrity wellness coach, author of “The Remedy” book, creator of “Supra Mega Greens” supplement, self-proclaimed “Hip Hop’s Medicine Man, Musician, and Dream Director”)
“If you don't smell good, then you don't look good.”
Katy Elizabeth (writer, musician, explorer…)
“Women with clean houses do not have finished books.”
Joy Held (college educator and award-winning author)
“A man thinks all dust stays outdoors.”
Ernest Vincent Wright (1873-1939, American author known for his book, Gadsby, a 50,000-word lipogram novel, which, except for the introduction and a note at the end, did not use the letter “e”.)
“Certainly it would not be too much to say that the home is the communal embodiment of family life. Thus the purity of the dwelling is almost as important for the family as is the cleanliness of the body for the individual.”
Victor Aimé Huber (1800-1869, German social reformer, travel writer and literature historian)
“Excuse the mess, but we live here.” — Roseanne Barr
No matter how clean and immaculate we want life to be, it can be messy, especially when we are at our most creative or on the precipice of a cataclysmic life change.
Life is not always orderly and linear.
A well-lived life creates opportunities for sharp awakenings, where we are forced to confront ourselves spiritually, physically, psychologically, and emotionally.
For those of who are courageous and fearless enough, we will need to search our own souls and examine our own motives, intentions, and beliefs.
Culturally, we rigged the system so it’s easier to prejudge another, and to place that person or group of persons in the box as virtual aliens or as the “other.”
But, when it comes to the counter-cultural process of recapitulating the roots of our own suffering and erroneous reasoning, it can become a very lonely course to embark upon.
Somehow we have to flip our circumstances and risk our ignorance and pride. We have to ask each other the tough questions. And once we do, we will begin to unfold a grander scale of universal themes we all share beyond the surface of our first assumptions.
Stay creative and receptive to the diverse streams of flow, my fellow travelers.
Written with Love, Tonya