See that photo? It’s my beloved journal that contained memories from the 2nd half of my 2011. I wrote almost everything in that journal – thoughts, feelings, article ideas, life events, memories. I even glued some clippings from newspapers in there I particularly liked!
So imagine my devastation when I pulled the journal out of my bag one morning only to see that my travel coffee mug had exploded all over it – the ink appeared to have melted all over the coffee-soaked pages, my memories washed away with it. Sure, I hold them in my heart, but anyone who knows me can tell you I can barely remember what I ate for breakfast this morning, let alone how I felt on July 31, 2011 and what was going on.
What lesson could be in the destruction of this journal?
I put that question out to my Daily Awe Facebook friends (whilst whining some, too) and got sympathy and some theories as to why it happened, beyond just a case of shitty lucky. I got some great suggestions, too:
- Think about what I was doing during that time and consider what I’d like to change.
- “Think of this as a fresh start.”
- “Move forward and write twice as much!”
- “Forget the past and come out with your best you in 2012!”
- “Have one of those really ugly cries where you can’t breathe properly and then try desperately to salvage a few pages!” Okay, that last one was me – I didn’t do that. Honest!
“No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.” ~ Buddha
Although my past 6 months weren’t the hardest I’ve lived, I realized that this happening to my journal was symbolic: it is time to let all of the past go and begin anew. As the New Year approaches, this is the best time to do that.
Before you begin to write down your resolutions for the New Year, think about what you’re holding on to from the past that can be released.
Take time to ask yourself:
- What old emotional baggage am I hanging onto that longer serves me well?
- What emotions have been weighing me down?
- What things/people/situations in my life are causing me to stay rooted in the past?
- What steps can I take to deal with these situations and create a happier today & future?
I want to make sure 2012 is a happy, peaceful, rewarding year for me both professionally and personally. My first step is letting go of the past…but I think I might hang on to my ruined journal to remind me of that from time to time. I never said I didn’t have a flair for the dramatic!
What are you hanging on to that you could let go of in the New Year? Have you made any resolutions for 2012? Share them here!
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