Why cleaning the Jeep is like my life

Aug 1, 2020

 by Cindee Henderson

My husband and I cleaned my jeep this morning.  That was a multi hour project.  Why?  Because I let it go.  I made excuses, I didn't take the time, it didn't seem important....


Hmmm, I was once advised that after interviewing someone for a position to walk them to their car.  You can learn a lot about a person by the way they take care of the car.


Ouch!  Mine had been neglected.   There was "stuff" in every nook and cranny.  There were things that needed to be taken into the house but I just hadn't gotten too them yet. 

There was dirt in the nook and crannies.  There was garbage.   There was neglect in the compartments and behind those that you can't visibly see. 

I washed, and scrubbed.  I bent over to see each area.  The hinges?  Yep - they needed attention.  Under the seats?   How about the low door jambs?  Yep, it all needed attention.

You see, this is a parallel to my life.  It may look like it has it together on the outside - relatively clean and in good shape - but inside - what's hidden can be another story. 


Now there are times my Jeep is immaculate.  So is my life and particularly my health and fitness.  Sometimes the nooks and crannies need attention.  Sometimes it's utter kaos. 

I had help.  My husband graciously started the project and I joined him.  I needed help.  I needed encouragement to get the job done.  This wasn't a two minute project. 


Once I got started, I wanted it to be just right.  I wanted it to be clean all over, under and even the hidden parts.  I wanted to be proud of my Jeep and what was seen and what was hidden.  

The parallel to my health and fitness is very real.  Sometimes I get it right, sometimes I neglect it, sometimes I do enough to get by and sometimes keep it up long term. 

August is a month of progress not excuses.  I'm cleaning up the nooks and crannies - those things seen and unseen.  The surface is clean and tidy but so is the inside.  You could follow me to my Jeep and I would not be embarressed for you to see the inside.  

Does your vehicle parallel your life?   Would you like me to walk you out to your car?  

Something to think about....