Thursday, December 30, 2010

Colonics For The Soul

Today's post is inspired by my good friend, Diane. She posted a hilarious statement as her Facebook status earlier today. It read "Here's hoping the year of 2011 has a Colon Cleanse that comes w/ it. No BS allowed!!!!!!" After chuckling out loud for a few seconds, I found myself deep in thought. See...her post (humorous as it is) has a deeper and more fundamental meaning to me. 

Here's the back story...

I stopped making New Year's resolutions a number of years ago because they just didn't work for me.  Add to that the feeling of failure at year's end...  Who needs that?  So instead, I use the end of a year t to reflect on choices that I made throughout the past 12 months, and to evaluate what worked...and what didn't.  A year ago, I vowed that in the new year I would not waste time on things that did not bring me joy.  I realized that I was spread thin, and that I was putting up with circumstances and people that were simply not good for me. So....I gave myself an emotional cleanse.  I vowed to do better about appreciating my time, value, and purpose. 

It seemed awkward at first, but one single event helped to catapult me in the right direction.  On January 12, 2010, CNN reported that a 7.0 magnitude earthquake had all but leveled the island of Haiti...my parents' birthplace   It was a tragedy that horrified the nation, and forever changed me.  I cried for weeks, and even broke down at work on a few occasions.  But...as terrible as this natural disaster was...it did help me to solidify a few things. 

1. True friends are there for you when you need them the most...Not when it's convenient
     for them. 
2. My family is incredibly resilient.
3. No day is promised, so I have to live life so that I have no regrets


After grasping the meaning of these realizations, I began the process of true self-reflection.  It was hard letting go of certain thoughts, behaviors and relationships.  However, sometimes you just need to clear out your emotional colon in order to be a better you.  Just as if I had a medical cleanse, I feel lighter, energized, and healthier.  As a result, I believe I am a better wife, psychologist...and mommy.  

Purging myself of all most things negative is sure to be a challenging and continuous process.  Yet, I look forward to the new year, and am eager to see what's in store for g.  So here's to 2011...with no B.S. ;-)

Happy New Year,

An open and honest blog about what matters most...children and families!!!

2 comments:

  1. I really like this. One swing of the flush handle and all the negativity will be gone for ever. What a concept!!!!

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