I’d like to wrap up the year with one of my favorite haikus, by Matsuo Basho:
Year’s end, all
corners of this
floating world, swept.
The activities and accoutrements of the holiday season can sometimes be overwhelming, and I love the idea of finishing the year with a clean slate.
Let’s take these final days of December to sweep out our corners—of clutter and commitments, of drama and distractions.
Let’s ignore those after-Christmas sales, stay out of the stores, and put consumption on the backburner.
Let’s clean out our closets, clear out our schedules, and cull our To Do lists.
Let’s purge any worries, disappointments or negative emotions of the past year.
Let’s let go of stress and expectations, chaos and busyness.
Let’s slow down, unplug, relax, and be still.
As 2011 winds down, let’s renew our focus on our minimalist journey; let’s ditch the baggage of the old year, and resolve to travel more lightly through the new one.
Let’s start 2012 in serenity and peace, with a swept home, mind, and soul.
Happy New Year!