Today is Good Riddance Day; the day we are to say goodbye to all those negative things from 2011.
I don’t know, this one grabbed me this morning and hasn’t left my mind all day long. I would suppose that we should make it a part of who we are, become practiced at, releasing those things that hold us back; physically, emotionally, or otherwise. But, especially now, as we come to the end of 2011 and prepare to walk onto the path of 2012, it actually makes sense to me, after the year I have been through; I deserve to make it a moment, and really say farewell to the thoughts and feelings that have followed and haunted me, month after month, day after day. I actually feel as though I should be burning a white candle as I write this!
In the spirit of a new year, a fresh start, I let go of all the thoughts that held fear and doubt; those that prevented me from believing that I could do things in a different way than previously, or even differently than most others would choose.
I let silence live where it should, and welcome my voice back.
I say goodbye to “wrong” and invite my RIGHTS home.
I release overwhelming loss and sadness; transforming it into acceptance, light and love.
I say goodbye to “dis-ease” and delight in health and growth.
I let go of just existing, putting one foot in front of the other, and excitedly look forward to LIFE!
I toss anger, regret and worry out the door, reminding myself that I, no one else, have the power on my journey.
I will remove “Can’t” from my vocabulary, because in nearly all instances, (as I constantly remind my daughter), we can do ANYTHING we put our minds to.
I deny the lies, those of others, or the ones I have told myself, and bask in the glow of truth and honesty.
I will, again, release guilt and shame, consciously accepting the facts as within my control and/or part of what it took to bring me to the place and person I am becoming.
I knock down the walls that I, yet again, have built and allow everything negative, all of the demons, to run, scuttle and cower away for good.
So, I say goodbye and “good riddance” to 2011, acknowledging the lessons, gifts and growth that were given to me; accepting and welcoming the spark that was ignited amidst the turmoil.
“Today a new sun rises for me; everything lives, everything is animated, everything seems to speak to me of my passion. Everything invites me to cherish it.”
- Ninon de Lenclos
(Okay, after I finished writing, I DID grab a candle, read this aloud and blew out the candle; literally releasing the negative with my exhale! My heart began to race, I felt excited and giddy! When I blew out the candle, it felt cleansing and I revelled in watching the smoke, that came from the wick, dissipate!)