Get a large, strong bag.
Clean your home.
Wash the floors,
Polish the wood,
Dust the shelves,
Scrub the sink.
Then drop all the dirt into the large, strong bag.
Walk around your home
And collect from the air and from under the furniture
All the hurtful words,
All the tears,
All the despair,
All the dead-end habits.
Then stuff these cobwebs into the large, strong bag.
Open your address book –
The paper one, the electronic one and the one in your phone.
Pick out, one by one, the names
Of all those you have forgotten,
All those who have forgotten you,
All those who have accepted, yet not thanked,
All those who have talked but not listened,
All those who have rushed to support you in your sadness,
Yet not been able to rejoice in your gladness.
Then empty all these heavy names into the large, strong bag.
Run a bath –
Hot water for strength,
Sea salt for purity,
Rosemary for clear thought,
Frankincense for inspiration
And oil of Rose Otto for joy.
Let the water wash away
Let the steam draw out the word impossible from your pores.
Then drain all this grime into the large, strong bag.
Dig a hole and bury the large, strong bag –
That the Old Year may fertilise the New Year
And help it sprout, blossom and grow into a year of Happiness, Perfect Health, Abundant Wealth, and Golden Brightness!