Christmas has come and gone--yet one more time. It now is time to take down all the trimmings and decorations. What would it look like to still have your house decorated from top to bottom when the New Year rolls around--Why perhaps even Valentine's Day might see not only red, but also green decorations with a side of tinsel thrown in. Somewhere along the line, SOMEONE started this silly notion you would have bad luck if the New Year saw you with Christmas decorations still adorning your abode. I am CERTAIN it was some OCD sufferer who needed all things put back in order ASAP!
I begin the process EVERY TIME with the distinct intent of doing one room at a time. An orderly process with boxes labeled and stored as I go. Rooms cleaned from top to bottom and all restored to their previous state. This worked well for the first container, but then I am driven with the need to have it all down at the same time. It soon becomes a quest to get it ALL down, in a box, and put away---out of sight for another year!
This lead to a house stripped bare of all decorations--Christmas or generic --it's all put away. AND the slate is as blank as the first day I moved in. It is now up to me what I put out for as a statement of who I am and what I like. The question becomes, will I put everything back exactly like it was--or will I change it all--or keep some--lose some? There is a new beginning courtesy of Christmas being over and what do I intend to do with that opportunity for difference? Will I make improvements--try the untried--or will I continue in the rut which I have grown accustomed?
So it is with the new calendar. I have had my new calendar in hand for a while and have already begun filling in the slots. The question becomes--Do I intend to live life exactly as I did last year---or will I make some needed changes? Is there not room for improvement and will some change not be a good thing? When given the opportunity will I keep more of the same or assess/evaluate and make needed changes?
The things that roll around in my head--when taking down the tree!