Take It or Leave It

by Starla J. King on December 30, 2013

I’ve been struggling to find a way to write about this time of year — the joyful appreciation + heart-wrenching letting go of the past year(s), the fearful excitement of a wide open new year, and the (attempted) discipline of still somehow staying in the present moment.

Then yesterday, as often happens, I found my words already written… this time, as the Dec 29 and Dec 30 readings in my new book, Wide Awake. Every Day.  I offer these readings to myself as much as you as we stand between 2013 and 2014 together.  [I will post Dec 30’s reading, HONOR THE ENDINGS, for you tomorrow].

December 29

I find the threshold of a new calendar year to be a delicious time of reflection and intention-setting.

We can stumble sleepily over that threshold into the next year and carry on with the same burdens and stale dreams, or we can step wide awake into the new year carrying only that which we choose.

We get to honor the past year of life by re-savoring the memories of the past year, celebrating our successes, and acknowledging our growth since this time last year, then leave the past gently as we choose what to take to the next year.

We get to re-select our dreams, revive our hopes, and re-claim our time and our selves as we pack our suitcase of intentions to carry into the next year.

Take it or leave it – the choice is yours, and what better time to choose than at the turn of a year?


Set aside 10 minutes to pay attention to this threshold time of year. Write a list of “Take It” – things you choose to carry with you into the following year, then write a list of “Leave It” – things you choose to leave in the past.

Notice how it feels to be intentional about this transitional time of year. Is this something you might want to do for other significant transitions (birthdays, relationship changes, project completions & beginnings, etc)?

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marybeth gregg December 31, 2013 at 10:45 am

The best words I have ver read for starting a new year. I love how this pushes us to make active choices, and in doing so, make us be awake to possibilities and joy. Thank you Starla!


Starla J. King December 31, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Ah, Marybeth, so glad this spoke to you! Transitions can be tricky … and incredibly powerful … and being intentional about the “taking and leaving” has been so helpful to me over the years. May you too find comfort, excitement, and even a thrill there!


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