When I was a kid, my mom looked at the kitchen calendar one day and asked my dad, “Oh, do you know what today is?”

“Garbage day,” my dad said.

“Yes, it’s garbage day,” she conceded. “And it’s the neighbor’s birthday.”

“Today, huh?” he asked, sounding honestly impressed. “Imagine that. Your birthday on garbage day.”

Today is Garbage Day postImagine a celebration of garbage day; a day to take a good look at what’s around you and decide if it belongs, helps, needs to stay, or needs to go. A celebration for a day of reckoning.

Today, of all days, is a good start. Today is all around you and everywhere you look. So read the writing on the wall, take up what you want, and let the rest sit at the curb. Let it be a day to pack up old clothes that you think you’ll fit into again, a day to let go of the image in your head, a day to eat the cookie and smile about it, a day to wear yoga clothes that let you take a deep breath. Today is a day to start a new project, stop putting it off, turn a deaf ear to the excuses, and believe again. Today is a day to draw a line in the sand, to refuse to tread a step further in a situation not meant for you, to set your sight further, and not look back.

Today is a day where six little boys and girls sat in white, with fake smiles and gleaming eyes. And one little girl was angry.

Today is a day to stop drinking the sugar water, refuse to pass Go, a day to question what you read, think twice about what the newscasters are telling you, and listen intently to your own heart.

Every week there’s a garbage day to let go of the things that hinder you, a day that lets you focus more intently on the things that matter. Swim to the surface and breathe. Today is the day.

Jody Brown is the author of Upside Down Kingdom, and is a multi-blogger, poet, and traveler. Her current writing projects, including her daily blog endeavor, #Project365, can be found at JodyBrown.com/writing