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I have been a part of Poetry Soup since 2009, and have made wonderful friendships, and been inspired beyond what I had could have ever imagined .  As a novice poet when I first joined up, I have learned so much, thanks to all of you.  Thank you for the many gifts of poetry, challenges, and inspirations.  But especially for the friendship and encouragement offered here. Thank you all, very much !

Good Riddance Day

Blog Posted:12/29/2009 4:39:00 PM
While watching a morning news program today, it was mentioned that today was "Good Riddance Day". People were writing down the things that annoyed, grieved, or upset them during the past year, and once they had written these things down on paper....they put them through a shredder! Whether it be issues with other people, or themselves, or their was like saying "Okay....the new year is a fresh start!"...Out with the old baggage!" Perhaps this idea can be useful to all of us. Of course, some things are more difficult, or perhaps impossible to easily put aside, such as health issues, economic problems, etc. However, we often carry baggage of past disagreements, hurts, mistakes made by ourselves and might feel good to write them down...and burn them or shred them...discard those feelings that weigh heavily on shoulders. Something to consider...perhaps it will lighten the load in the coming year. Good luck, and Happy New Year!!
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  1. Date: 1/1/2010 7:43:00 PM
    ...almost done.....

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  1. Date: 1/1/2010 2:20:00 AM
    dear Carrie, I sense a cockeyed optimist here! what a great idea.

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  1. Date: 1/1/2010 12:50:00 AM
    Yes, burn them, Carrie. That is what we do in our family. My children and I write all our past grievances and disagreements. Then I pray and after that we throw the papers in the fire place. Thanks for sharing these words. It is good advice. Happy new year 2010! Love and blessings, Caroline.

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  1. Date: 12/31/2009 3:01:00 AM
    good idea!!

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  1. Date: 12/30/2009 4:38:00 PM
    Baggage weighs us down and this is the best time to set a new course! Nice blog, Carrie. Miss you. Love, Carolyn

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  1. Date: 12/30/2009 1:21:00 PM
    Great advice Carrie, I wish you a Happy New Year...Raul

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  1. Date: 12/30/2009 1:04:00 PM
    Great idea to let go of the past but can't say I like the title of the day much ... LOL ... I can always learn from those things I have to let go of also, so maybe I'll just call it Getting Grateful Day ... that I don't have to hang on to the baggage ... smile ... wonderful blog here, Carrie !!! Hope 2010 is wonderful for you and yours!!

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  1. Date: 12/30/2009 8:51:00 AM
    Yes, that IS a good idea! Thanks for sharing.Andrea

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  1. Date: 12/30/2009 8:44:00 AM
    What a great idea - I think I would have quite a lot to write about!

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  1. Date: 12/30/2009 7:13:00 AM
    Still writing... : (.....

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  1. Date: 12/29/2009 7:22:00 PM

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  1. Date: 12/29/2009 6:50:00 PM
    First of all, it's so nice "seeing" you! Your sweet smile is heady...almost cloying!! : ) Regarding this blog, I find it very interesting... I'm going to do it! Sadly, there are many things to write, but I'm going to try it.... Have a Happy-happy- happy New Year!!

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  1. Date: 12/29/2009 6:32:00 PM
    This is a custom Canadian's on the Eastern Seabaord, perhaps other parts of Canada as well have always done at the end of the Old Year to bring in the New. The only difference is the list is burned. It really is liberating. Lainie

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  1. Date: 12/29/2009 5:10:00 PM
    Carrie ~ its a great idea! Everyone should do it ! Laura :)

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  1. Date: 12/29/2009 5:05:00 PM
    I have LIterally two paper shredders and both are broken. A fresh start is a great idea though :) Love, Iolanda

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  1. Date: 12/29/2009 4:45:00 PM
    Yes what a great idea! You may have to write and burn or shred things twice LOL but it does and will help! Light & Love

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