Clarity’s Corner: Out with the Old in with the New

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Usher in the spring with another great installment from Clarity’s Corner!


The Ides of March usually occurs around the middle of the month, It was an occasion to celebrate the Feast Of Anna Perenna, a Goddess of the new year. It was a day celebrated among the common people with picnics, music and time with families. It was a festival with a theme: “Out with old, In with the new.” Conversations would revolve around what they were going to throw out to create space for new possibilities. Houses would be cleaned, old clothes given away, etc.

Spring Cleaning

I remember my mother going through the ritual of “Spring Cleaning” as a child. Everything was cleaned, furniture re-arranged, curtains washed and put out on the clothes line to dry. Anything she didn’t want was given to a charity.

This time of year, springtime, is a good time for us to look at what no longer serves us and consider shedding it away. Not just the physical things (although we all likely have too much “stuff”), but the emotional, mental and spiritual things as well. Consider the ideas, beliefs, baggage that you’ve been carrying and begin to lighten your load.


New Year Reboot

By now resolutions made in January usually have faded away. Let us look at some tips of how to let go of the old stuff that is not working for us anymore and look at what we can do to bring in the new.

  1. Stay in the present moment, knowing that all you have is right now, that you are safe, well and protected.
  2. Let go of the past, focus on where you want to be and what you want to do.
  3. Get a clear mental image of your ideal successful self. Set an intention.

Norman Vincent Peale, progenitor of “positive thinking,” once said “Whenever God wants to give us a gift, he wraps it up in a problem. But the wonderful thing is, if we look for the gift we will always find it.” Think critically about challenges and actively seek solutions. When faced with a difficult problem, focus on a simple way to change or improve it rather than surrendering your power. Solutions are positive, whereas problems are negative and lead to a negative mind set, which manifests in reality.

There is a lesson in change. Seek it. Whatever the situation is, it is sent to help us learn something, to become better, to expand and grow. Use the mind to exert mental control over the situation. Be positive and proactive.sprout-1136131_1280

Decisions, not conditions determine your path.

Every plant needs to be replanted now and again if it is to grow.  Embrace change and continue to become more of the person you want to be. Resisting change affects our psychological wellness, physical health, relationships, and work.

Dream a little dream and watch it grow.

3 thoughts on “Clarity’s Corner: Out with the Old in with the New

  1. Wonderful. Glad to watch your continuous journey. Bil and I have an extension to our program and book called Mending Brokenness
    Blessings from Bill and Anne

  2. ClareMae, you have done it again. love it, love,love it.

    clear, crisp and to the point. Love the Dr. Peale quote. Great way to optimistically look at all the situations that occur in our live.

    blessings this Easter season to you. Thanks for the encouraging words.pat

  3. Excellent timing. Thank you for the important reminders :)Have a nice day. 

    Peace and Blessings,Margaret

    Margaret Erickson PhD, RN, CNS, APHN-BC CEO, AHNCC 811 Linden Loop, Cedar Park, TX, 78613,   

    ” You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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