Happy 2015, you crazy Women and Words devotees! I, for one, am very glad 2014 is over and done with. There were a number of highs, and a number of lows, and I’m hoping the new year brings a less bumpy road for all who’ve faced down whatever challenges cropped up throughout the last 365 plus a few days.
The pomp and circumstance of the new year usually makes me feel like I’ve got a clean slate to play with. A clean slate that is ready to be all futzed up with the craziness that is life. As one year fades and another begins, I usually try create some kind of order out of the typical chaos that is my life. Doing so usually helps me sort out my mental house, and man, my mental house always needs sorting! So tonight I spent six hours with my lovely wife working on the tornado that was our bedroom. It wasn’t as if we had a whole lot of messy mess, just stuff everywhere. Okay. It WAS a messy mess.
On my side of the room a year’s worth books had somehow piled up all around a small bookshelf next to my nightstand. I should probably admit it wasn’t just one stack of books that reached from the ground and topped out three-and-a-half feet above the top of the bookshelf, there were three. And, it wasn’t as if the bookshelf wasn’t already full. Thus, it took me a good number of hours to sort through what I wanted to keep, what I wanted to put some place else, and what, God help me, I needed to get rid of. That’s painful. But necessary. One day, I swear, I will find time to read each and everyone of those books, even if I have to live to be 123.
What kind of rituals do you have that help you christen the new year? Do you get rid of things, straighten up your office, your bedroom, your computer, your house? Do you feel a need to bring some kind of harmony into your space? I’m definitely anticipating the coming year in a good way, and I hope each and everyone of you has a fantastic, peace and love filled year as well.