All those hectic treks through the malls, elbow to elbow with strangers just to seek out that perfect gift is over. The Holiday parties are behind us, the festive gatherings put in the memory bank. It’s time to take down the lights and place the ornaments and decorations back from whence they came, that special corner of the attic or garage dedicated to once-a-year Christmas decorations. It always amazes me how many boxes there are of Christmas junk I’ve collected over the years. Cute little Hallmark elves and pretty snowflakes share space with so many strings of lights I feel confidant that the McKeehan household could easily decorate the White House or any other large structure and never miss a bulb. I suppose I should think about downsizing.
Anyway, once you take off all the ornaments and garland, you have a naked, bare tree that either goes back into a box or is headed for the curb and the landfill as trash. Or if you’re truly energetic and environmentally conscious, you load that dry, brittle, biodegradable tree that somehow managed NOT to catch on fire this season, back up on top of the car and haul it off to a specific drop-off site where it’s recycled into mulch. Side note here. These facilities also use Christmas trees to prevent beach erosion, which is truly appreciated and under utilized. See, there was yet another purpose to that slightly imperfect, but great smelling Douglas fir, other than to string lights and hang handmade, glittery school projects from long ago.
Whatever you decide to do with your tree after you’ve discarded it, you can now breathe a sigh of relief because you are allowed to reclaim all that space again back inside your house. Woohoo!!!!!
After the holidays, it’s normal to feel a little sad to see all those sparkly decorations go back inside a drab box where they wait for you to take them out next year. Just remember though, all is not lost, no need to go into a nosedive of emotions. Starting a brand-new year comes with 365 days of possibilities. So instead of dreading leaving behind the old, look forward to starting the new. Don’t lose a minute to begin again with a new chance at something. 2014 is gone, it’s over. Don’t dwell on what was. This is the day to start your life all new again. A new year, the new beginning, a new start. Which brings me to the reason for this post. In 2015, take the time to find your own niche, your own place. No matter what it is, plant yourself there and make the most of it by expressing yourself, stay true to yourself, never settle, never accept anyone who trashes you or makes you feel small about yourself. Put the negativity and the criticism behind you. Step out of anyone’s shadow and make your own presence felt. Let the sun shine down on you for a change. You have the opportunity to sparkle, to shine. New possibilities. Make it happen. Good luck in all you do in 2015!!!!!!!!!
“Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads – at least that’s where I imagine it – there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.”
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore