Our bearded dragon

lives in her terrarium

on a bed of ground up walnut shells.


Every week or so

while cleaning her home,

we sift this substrate

and find all kinds of things


old food and dead skin

which decay


make her home stinky.


What accumulates out of sight

always amazes me.


The same is true in our lives.

We may think we have set the foundation well,

but unhelpful habits seem to creep in

and accumulate



And if we don’t do some sifting,

we may never know

why our life is a bit stinky.