Closure is really on my mind, today, because:
- It’s the first day of December, which is the last month of the calendar I use.*
- When I started this blog on January 1, 2013, I committed to blogging once daily for one year.
- In my life, I am going through some endings (as we all do, all the time, of various sizes and importance).
- I do group and individual therapy, so closure is my bread and butter.**
I just got lost in my own asterisks, at the end of this post. So, where was I?
Oh, yes. Closure.
What do I want to tell you about closure, today?
Closure is important, in order to move on.
There is no right or wrong way to do closure.
Closure is challenging, because it brings up old closures, which often relate to losses.
I like to use the term “ending the chapter”, when I talk to people about closure. Somebody, in my office, recently said that in their culture, they use the term “putting the period on the end of the sentence.” I like that, too.
Here are the punchlines of this post:
I want to put closure on The Year of Living Non-Judgmentally, in a way that honors my original commitment and intent.
However, I (selfishly) want to keep blogging every day. it helps me, tremendously.
So this is my commitment, for the month of December:
I will figure out a way, that’s good enough, to “put the period on the sentence” and “end the chapter” of this Blogging Year.
This will allow me to honor the old and embrace the new, as I move into my next phase of writing here (whatever that may be).
Speaking of closure, something feels unfinished to me, here. What’s missing? Something besides all these words, words, words.
I need a picture, people.
I will now check that place I keep my photos, my calendar, and way too many other things (my smart phone, of course).
Hmmmmmmm ….. Voila!
It’s the dawn of a new day, looking back from where I live.
Thanks to those who look back and forwards, smart phones and people everywhere, and to you — of course! — for reading today.
* Although, that’s not really true, since the calendar I use most frequently is on my smart phone. And while there’s a lot that confuses me about that calendar, I do know that there is neither ending nor beginning there.
** If you don’t recognize that idiom, it means “someone’s basic income; someone’s livelihood—the source of one’s food.” ***
*** Actually, now that I think about it, maybe closure isn’t my bread AND butter. Maybe closure is my bread, and hope is my butter. ****
**** Or vice versa.*****
***** Today, I master****** the art of the self-reflexive footnote.
****** In my mind.