You may just notice there is a running theme this week. I don't know about you but I am getting ready for the new year. Yesterday was a look into the past to find what lead to where I am now. Tonight we will spend a time cleaning out some of what might be holding us back.
After we took down most of our Christmas decorations yesterday (we really don't linger too long after the holiday), we did a bit more cleaning. One of the major areas we hit were our family games. We spent a good few hours digging through and removing redundencies and unplayed games. You know the ones I am talking about here. Those games where you have 10 different versions (like extra playing cards, or the 3 different boxes of Uno cards we found in our pile). Of course the games you just don't play anymore and most likely never will again are another important area to clean out.
The big move for me was cleaning out a portion of my work storage space (my modest office area). During Christmas my office corner of the living room is devoted to the Christmas tree. This means moving my main book shelf as well as any storage spaces, to a different area in the house. In the process of moving it back I took the time to go through and clean the shelves of all the unneeded miscellaneous papers, old magazines and even catalogues that are several years old (ya I don't clean stuff as often as I should in the office). Although it frightens me I still need to go through my paper shelves and get rid of all the old papers and junk that no longer have bearing on life and of course store the important stuff in better areas.
A big part of this clean up was going through my fairly large collection of cook books. Again something I should have done a long time ago. I try to retain cookbooks that have more than just recipes. I want to know the histories and stories of what is presented in these recipes. This is far more important in my eyes than a simple recipe. I can easily go online and find a recipe for anything. It is the stories that make our history important. Food and drink is the cornerstone of culture, if behooves us to know the whys involved with what people ate and drank.
I suppose at this point you are wishing I would just get to the point. I can do that, I swear it is within my power to quit leading you through endless babble in my head (but that isn't always as fun for me). Sorry...
Really the point here is the New Year is a chance to move ahead. It is a new beginning. It can be extremely difficult to move on when you are carrying the extra baggage that used to clutter your life. As you turn to thoughts of what your next year can be, maybe it is time to lose somethings of your past. Of course you have to keep pushing forward, but remember to let go of that anchor that is holding you down. There are no laws saying that you have to bring it with you.
Time for a pint...