A Clean Desk for the New Year

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

That part about ‘no doubt blunders crept in’ makes me laugh. My own life is ripe with daily blunders, no doubt about it. Each day a lesson of forgiveness, letting go, and the inevitable moving on and with gratitude for the good. I’m grateful for each of you reader friends. I wish you ~

A very Happy New Year!

May the new year be one of abundant blessings:

faith in God in you, and the priceless gift of serenity at every turn,

love in your heart, for yourself as well as others,

firm courage and steadfast hope to face the rough times.

Have you chosen your guiding word for 2021? Mine popped instantly several days ago: Hope.

In the final days of 2020, I cleaned my desk. I have only been trying to get myself to clean my desk for a year. Several times, I took myself by the scruff of the neck and made a stab at the job, but always wilted, overwhelmed. Suddenly several days ago I fervently prayed and began. It is the beginning of a thing that is hard. Once started, simply moving several papers, and it was as if the desk cleaned itself. I could have been Mary Poppins waving.

A marvelous thing I have learned: if you leave those papers and files that you thought you should save but had no idea where or what to do with them lay there long enough, they become the ‘old nonsense’ of Emerson’s quote and can quite easily be thrown away.

I also learned how much I have changed. I removed books from my desk that have been there for twenty years. They were old and treasured friends. And they were not happy about my choice of moving them to the bookcase. I practically heard them yelling recriminations. I was a little sad about it. But I know that change is life, and also that I was ready for space. (It can be noted that the books are on a shelf only feet away in a direct line of vision.)

I feel ready for space in my life, but space for what, I’m not quite certain. After 2020, perhaps I feel the need to be ready for anything. Hope. I alternate between feeling strong with hope and feeling desperately in need of hope. What we focus on grows, so I shall focus on hope.

Have you a guiding word for 2021?