Take out the trash! It’s the end of 2020 and my best response is, “It’s been a lot!” Our cups runneth’ over. And the unfortunate part is that we have an overflow of darkness this year.
Time to sort it out just like we separate the lights from the darks before washing our clothes. We put the darks in one pile and the lights in another. We could, in this case, call the dark items things to release or even call them garbage for they need to go out with the outgoing year.
Darkness include dark thoughts, painful experiences or even a series of unfortunate events. Sometimes, they are opaque and hard to detect like in bowling. Just when we think that we have hit a strike there stands that hidden pin to burst our bubbles. We know that we still have more work to do.
We must turn on all of the lights as we clean and locate that hidden dirt deep down in the corners and crevices of our minds. We have to turn on that spotlight to make sure that we have swooped up all of the darkness to add to our trash piles.
Then, we should do a second check. Are there any unseen barnacles trying to attach themselves to the bottom of our boats as we embark upon the new year? Well, we will have none of that!
No more free rides and extra weight to bow us down! Now take out the trash! Make it a ceremonious event if need be, but get it done! Then, breathe. Let out a big sigh of relief and get ready to walk into 2021, as we put ourselves Number One on our lists!
Have you been naughty or nice in 2020? I know. I know. You think you’re too old to ask yourselves this question, but whether you are 7 or 77, it is still pertinent today! Yes, this year has been a doozy but how do you think you fared? When you think about Santa’s question, it basically refers to how you treated others.
Were you mean or curt in your dealings with others in some instances? Or were you mean or curt with others on several occasions? In this narcissistic, selfie world, did you focus on your needs, your wants and your desires while stepping on others like cobblestones on paved streets? Did you pilfer from others or accept things from others without returning a simple thank you?
Well, if you recognize yourself here, then Santa would label you as being a naughty person. Hmm. That could mean that your gifts might be limited because you unconsciously created some bad karma. You might find yourself crying “Boo- Hoo,” like the Grinch.
Or were you rather nice this year on a few or in several situations? During this ever-reaching pandemic which has touched all points of the globe, did you reach out to others around you? Did you give a comforting phone call or send a text filled with soothing words to hurting family members or friends? Did you share a podcast or a link to some reassuring music to lift someone’s spirit?
Did you add an emoji to share emotions, drop some lines of wisdom or even risk it and hug someone in deep despair? Did you pay a bill or buy groceries for someone less fortunate than you? Did you volunteer at a food pantry when you had nothing else to give but your helping hands?
Well, if you did any of these things, then you conducted acts of kindness and you will indeed fall into the nice category. Yes, your returns will come forth pressed down, shaken together and running over. Your joy will be full because you applied The Golden Rule. You did to others what you would have them do to you. Santa would like that at any age. There is still time to sprinkle in more acts of kindness as you help others and mostly help yourself!
I recently attended my first Zoom Writers’ Conference and I recall one writer’s comment while speaking to the audience. She mentioned that she reread something that she had written and could not believe that she had actually written it!
I also revisited one of my first books, Traveling Streams: A Reflective Journey and some of the writings are over twenty years old. I sat at the lake and reread my own writings and like her, I was entertained as if I was experiencing this for the first time. I inaudibly asked, “Did I write this?” Then, I thought, “I must have really been in the zone!”
I relived each setting and scene that I described in the book as I was reconnected with those events from the past. As the dots connected like points in a maze, I silently bowed my head with a host of affirmative yeps, amens and checks as I agreed with every word.
When we successfully capture what occurred while inviting others in to take a vicarious excursion with us, then we have truly written from memory and recollection. In a trance-like state, we have unleashed our trains of thought and filled up the page with choice words.
If we are lucky, others have packed their bags and traveled with us while we were deeply transfixed on our intentions. They were both mesmerized and entertained and we as writers have found our purpose as we shared while in the zone!