Thursday, December 31, 2015

Saying Goodbye to 2015 And Welcoming The New Year!

Well, my friends and readers, here we are, at the end of 2015. I don't know about you but this year has been frantic for me. I've been hit with change after change after change. Most of the ride has been wonderful. Some of it has been negative but on the whole this has been a great year. I'm almost unrecognizable in both physical appearance and mentality, as claimed by my friends and family. I've lost a great deal of weight, have furthered my career (day job), and have met many great new friends and interesting people. I feel 2015 has been blessed for me. I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store!

As we head into the new year we should all strive to identify and remove the "dead" aspects of our lives, be they mental states and attitudes, to even actual relationships and people. Every tree and rosebush needs a good pruning so that new growth can take place. We all need to be healthy and we all deserve happiness. This form of pruning is vital for our well being. While we are at it, if you only do a spiritual cleansing one time a year, then this is the time to do it. Also the time to cleanse the home as well.

New Years is a time filled with great many superstitions and omens with regard to learning or knowing of how the year will progress. The first and foremost rule of New Years that I practice is of taking a true holiday. This means no work at home. If you toil at daily chores on New Years Day then it's believed you will be breaking your back with chores the rest of the year. So take a break and vegetate the whole day. Binge watch some t.v. if you need to. If you aren't doing work at home on New Years Day then you don't have to worry about the other superstitions, such as no sweeping lest you sweep your luck away. Do avoid using scissors, knives and sharp objects lest you cut or sever your luck. Do open the windows and doors to let out the old year and let in the new. Do make noise at midnight to frighten away the devil and do make sure you get your New Year's Eve kiss so that you are ensured love throughout the new year. Finally, make sure to eat your black eyed peas on New Year's Day for luck!

Before I go, I will leave you with the following story. I was at a store and a white haired man and a younger 30 something woman were in the check out line in front of me. The two began to talk about superstitions. The man mentioned that he grew up with his grandmother and that she made him and his sibling thoroughly clean the house between after Christmas and before New Year's Day. He said she would say that if the home was thoroughly cleaned between those dates then the house would be protected from witchcraft in the coming year. I thought that was neat to over hear.


P.S. In 4 more years we will be in the 20's again. Let's cross our fingers that it will be just as "roaring" as it was last century! I would love for flappers to make a come-back!

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