Hopefully, I am not stepping on Lisa's blogging toes. For heaven's sake, Lisa, if you are ready to post something after this goes up, please do so and accept my apologies!
I just packaged up my book and raced to the post office (which closed early!) Nevermind, in my head, this book is finally out of here and I am happy to see it go. I will toast it tonight, and wish it a safe journey, but meanwhile, starting tomorrow, it's on with the new, goodbye to the old.
How fitting, huh?
A few years ago, some friends had a really miserable year. Come to think of it, so did we. So on New Year's Eve, these friends came over and we all wrote the things that were troubling us on pieces of paper. Then we carefully, one at a time, put the papers into the fire and watched them go up in smoke.
I don't know why, exactly, but this little ritual worked and it's something my husband and I still do on occasion.
Now, since the things you stick on a piece of paper to destroy are sometimes very personal, I'm not asking you to write them down here on this blog (if you even happen to tiptoe --or stagger-- this way on New Years...) Remember, we're not talking about resolutions or things we want to strive for. We're talking about negative things that we want to let go. And the negative things that destroy writing opportunities are often seemingly unrelated to writing. Family trouble, health concerns, anger, disappointment, fear ... all of these things negatively impact creativity.
Try it, if not on a paper, then metaphorically, in your head. Write the words, fold the paper, hold it above the flame and drop it. Watch the paper blacken and curl, watch it catch fire. And let it go.
Happy New Years Everyone