Oh the comfort--
the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person--
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
but pouring them all right out,
just as they are,
chaff and grain together,
certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping,
and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

"Friendship" by M. M. Craik

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Close that Door on the Old Year

The following editorial is pasted into Florence's book with no date.  I think it speaks for itself.

Entering your home New Year's Day means crossing a new threshold.  Perhaps you've never thought of it in quite that way.  But every New Year brings a new threshold into our lives to think about, because new Year's Day is a sort of annual moving day!

Certainly some strange things we never dreamed of a year ago have happened, behind the doors of old rooms. Life is so filled with a mixture of things we did not anticipate! Just hear the laughter of all those good times still echoing, through the doors of rooms we have left! Other doors--well, we closed them gently. We left something precious behind them.  And we have hung up a small sign which reads "Not to be disturbed."  Some other door, perhaps, we have closed even more silently.  Through it we have stepped from the presence of the Great Mystery.  Still other doors we have closed with a firm hand and snapped the key in the lock.  Those doors are going to stay shut, we say.

Why open the old doors again? On New Year's Day we move into new rooms and leave behind all our useless old belongings. We need carry into the new rooms only the best of the furnishings we had before.  After all, why lug in threadbare grudges or hang up worn out fears or prop us worthless ambitions?  A lot of faded hopes, stuffy and dusty thoughts, the cheap bric-a-brac of the easiest way out, some dark curtained regret--these have had their day! Close the doors on them--we are moving into a new house.  Let's furnish it in good taste, with only the brightest memories and the freshest hopes.  Let's furnish it with cheerful thoughts and good ideals.  What's more, a new broom of good-will sweeps as clean as any other broom.  And if you want to keep the new dwelling livable throughout the year, leave no doors that are easy to open into the old rooms of the past!  Let's resolve that when we once close a door, it will stay closed!
                     ~Alden Wilson, @1932

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