What’s Under The Rug?

I’m quite sure we’ve all heard the saying, “sweeping it under the rug.” As a matter of fact, most of us are probably guilty of doing just that. I know I am. What’s under your rug? I guess it’s just another way of saying, “What are you hiding?”

I remember as a kid when I was asked to sweep the kitchen floor, I would sweep under the rug what I could not get up in the dust pan. My mother, being the super clean woman, she was, decided to check after me one day so she lifted up the rug. There she found all the crumbs I had been sweeping under the rug. From that point on, she decided to just take the rugs up before I started sweeping. That brings me to another saying I’m sure you’ve heard. “Everything that is in the dark will eventually come to light.” All the stuff I was sweeping under the rug in the kitchen was eventually discovered.

Are we all hiding something under the rug? Do we all have secrets? What are the things in your personal life that you’ve chosen to sweep under the rug as opposed to addressing?

Addressing the issues is more work. Sweeping them under the rug doesn’t make them go away. It just temporarily hides them out of site. Doing the work to address the issues will ensure the area under the rug is nice and clean like the area outside of the rug. Addressing the issues instead of hiding them will keep the internal self and external self in alignment with each other.

What are you hiding inside? Are you laughing on the outside and crying on the inside? Are you pretending to be something on the outside while all along a different you on the inside? Does your inside represent what’s under the rug?

I used to always hear, “there are skeletons in everyone’s closet?” I tend to think there is also dirt and crumbs under everyone’s rug. But what would happen if we decided to keep it clean under the rug? Metaphorically speaking, what would happen if we decided to not hide things under the rug and keep secrets. But instead to clean out the skeletons in our closet and live a life of authenticity, transparency and honesty.

I grew up hiding shit. Spider webs all over the skeletons in my closet. It was filthy under my rug. Secrets lead to sickness. In an effort to be our best self and live a life of optimal spiritual, physical and mental health, perhaps we should address the crumbs under the rug. Once and for all, take the necessary steps to clean them out so the inside is as clean as the outside. When company comes over, we can be assured that the whole house is clean. Even under the rug.

It is my intention to not hide anything in my life but to instead be my true self. If that true self at the moment is depressed and sad, then so be it. I can work to change that if I don’t try to sweep it under the rug and pretend it doesn’t exist. If my true self at the moment is happy and blissful, then awesome. I will bask in it.

Have an awesome week everyone. Take a moment to evaluate what your inner self is feeling like. What’s on the inside? What’s under your rug?

As always, I look forward to your feedback and am deeply grateful for the existence of each of you.



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6 Replies to “What’s Under The Rug?”

  1. Thank you, Vince. Your article reminds me of a relationship I had once; while everything looked fine from the outside, we never fixed anything…we just shoved it “under the rug” until, one day, the pile of crumbs became too big to hide.

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