Celebrating year’s end

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We’ve recently gathered with the people who are important in our lives to express our gratitude for the many blessings in our lives. The celebrations continue with Kwanza, Hanukah, Bodhi Day, and Winter Solstice as we hunker down for winter.

Fast on the heels of our celebrations of family and faith comes the New Year and an opportunity to reflect on the passing year and our hopes for the next twelve months.

Do you remember your New Year’s resolutions for 2016? Did you make progress in achieving the changes you had outlined for yourself? What worked? What seemed a mountain too high?

Continue on the path

Life is a process and not a destination. It is not so important that we have reached our goals but that we continue on the path, living our lives one day at a time. Where we have succeeded, we will find new purpose and direction. Where we have come up short, we dig deeper for resolve and determination to continue in our efforts to improve our lives.

Marie Kondo, in her popular book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, describes how people gain a feeling of lightness and renewed freedom simply by purging their closets and bookcases of the accumulation of possessions that serve no purpose but continue to take physical and psychic space in our lives. She writes:

“Discard anything that doesn’t spark joy. . . [W]hen we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.”

We can take the same approach with our “emotional closets.”

Attachment to the past, fear of the future: these are the stumbling blocks in achieving our goals.

Move forward

We can let go of the past that’s holding us back. We can face our fears, find resolution, and move forward in our lives.

What emotional baggage do you have stored away that serves no purpose but to block the path to lightness and freedom? It will be worth the effort to rummage through your closet and “Discard anything that doesn’t spark joy…”

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