October 27- Excuse me…is that a skeleton in your closet?
“People always think that there has got to be a dark side to everyone, a closet with skeletons, demons under the bed. People think all kinds of things about one another.”- Tom Hanks
The bones of the past often join themselves together to form a full fledged skeleton, a devilish reminder of past faults or failures. To distance ourselves from this unpleasantness, we lock them away in a closet, where they loom ready to appear during times of stress and self- doubt. Skeletons are embarrassing parts of our lives that we hope shall never see the light of day. We all have them. The trick is, knowing this, how do we choose to approach not only our lives but our relationships with others.
This week, do a little detective work. Discover your own skeletons. The uncomfortable situations that entangled you at some point, the little white lies, the gossip, and webs of deceit need to be brought out of the closet and from under the bed and dealt with. We all make false assumptions about others, but what about the accusations we level against ourselves? Are they all true or are we being unnecessarily harsh in regards to our self esteem and self honor ?
Be honest. Gather your paints, your instruments, your notebooks and create art from the bones of your past. Recognize these creations as a framework of hope and healing. Clean your closets and corners of cobwebs and creepy crawlies. The past is just that. Today is a present, a gift of dynamic change and forward thinking. Use your creative talents to deal with your skeletons.