I recently saw that at Times Square in New York City, there is a "Good Riddance" box set up in honor of the New Year. People are encouraged to write down or bring something that they would like to shred and be rid of from 2008. I saw a few people interviewed and their answers were as individual as each of our lives. They ranged from simple and playful to thoughtful and painful… from a favorite sports team's losing season to chemotherapy.
So, it got me to thinking. I am always trying to look ahead, to be positive and to stay hopeful. I try to ignore or "spin" the negative things that come my way. In reality, however, many times I am left with feelings and circumstances that I would love to see disappear. It never dawned on me to do something with those!
So, tonight, along with the anticipation, hopefullness and celebration of a New Year and a clean slate, I will take a few minutes to get rid of the residue of 2008. The truth is, I don't have to sit for long without thinking of a few things that I would like to do without, entering into this New Year. I'll write them down on individual pieces of paper and deliberately feed them to my shredder. No doubt, they are things I really don't need hanging around anyway. Bad attitudes, sad feelings and insecurities that sometimes loom large, will be reduced to wisps of useless paper. I know it's all symbolic, but I'm thinking it may all feel really good to get rid of. I may even raise a glass of sparkling cider and make a toast to this messy, but less cluttered life of mine. All without fighting the crowds in Times Square!
Whatever your plans are, may your New Year be one filled with loving family and friends, renewed hope and fresh vision. May God's abundant blessings be yours!
Until next year…