I was listening to a podcast by The Good Life Project this week, titled ‘How to close the books on 2017.’ Highly recommended listening – I’ll see if I can add a link later (post edited to add – link now included in comment by Lisa below!) I was intrigued by his recommendation of performing a physical ritual to symbolise the drawing to a close of the old year, and making space for the events of the future.
I thought about it today as I put the Christmas rubbish and recycling out (havers!) – would that do? No, too prosaic, too much of a weekly action.
I cut up browning bananas and bagged them for the freezer and future smoothies – how about that? Nearer the mark, but not quite.
Then I remembered the container-full of defunct batteries which I had been gradually filling over, I think, several years. All that past energy spent on activities, whether important or time-sucking, vital or otherwise. So this morning I took them to the nearby recycling facility, and poured them in ceremonially, leaving me an empty space to fill with new things in 2018. It felt like a really concrete, deliberate statement of clearing the decks, and I’m glad I did it.
Is there a physical ritual YOU could do to mark the transition from things past to things future? No self-castigation allowed!
If one of the things you would like to leave behind in 2017 is a dependence on alcohol, then there is so much support and help available in many places, online and in real life. Bon voyage!
I wish everyone reading this a happy NEW year – I look forward to spending it in your company. Lots of love, Prim xx