New Year Musings

There are two times a year that I get a little antsy for change. One is the start of autumn, which I begin to anticipate at the start of every school year. September brings a feeling of a new life, with new clothes, new friends, and even a new bag or box in which to carry my lunch. The smell of all those wonderful school supplies! The crisp cool weather, the crackling of dried leaves and the scent of woodsmoke in the air gets me going every year. I become energized and ready to tackle new things.

If I fail to get what I wish to change accomplished, the next part of the year that gets me going is the new year. I anticipate a fresh start with the new date. It differs a little than in the fall, which is more of a kick start out of the lazy days of summer. The new year offers new hope for new things, it is a little more cerebral and complex. Sure everyone wants a lot of the same out of the new year: a fantastic job; a thinner waist: a dust-free, clutter-free house; world peace; and to be a better person. I am not above any of those desires no matter how mundane they seem. Since doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is a true definition of insanity, I have decided to approach the new year in a different manner.

What I have decided in this new year is to shed. Shed all the things that hold me back, bring me down, keep me from good health, a kind heart and being a good friend. I will no longer care for the things or surround myself with the people who or which can not bring me peace. Clutter, loudness, mendacity, meanness, cynicism and basic prophets of doom are all on their way out! Bad energy just creates more bad energy, like a bad mold growing through your soul. I have no more room, have dealt with more than my fair share and will no longer put up with any of their shenanigans.

I know... blah, blah, blah....sure everyone says the same thing and some of these ill beings hold on tighter than a tick on a dog. But I will do my best to shed them all without harm. Sometimes when things or people are shed, feelings take over and we end up feeling guilt for getting rid of something that seems so useful or we don't realize that in getting rid of things, others can get their feelings hurt. I'm sorry for that, but not as sorry as I would be if I stayed in a dishonest situation. A false relationship does nothing but waste people's time.

 As I sit here and look and read about all those that have passed in the past year, I remember that life is short, too many leave us way too young. I have known this for most of my life, but I need to remember that there isn't always enough time to move on to better ways, so I should get a move on before time runs out. And I will do my best to move with honesty, health and kindness in mind.

Happy New Year to you, may you find your own path to peace.