How to Have a Meaningful New Year Celebration

This was written to help create a meaningful new year's eve but you can do it on any day of the year you choose. It works just fine. Just skip down to the questions. Take some time with each and invite others in your life to try them too.

What is a "Meaningful New Year Celebration" and why would you want one?

On the other hand, why would you want to spend a lot of energy watching a clock tick from one minute to the next as an excuse to party wildly with a bunch of people you will never see again? Unless of course that excites you and provides the kind of fulfillment you are seeking on New Year's Eve.

For me it has always been a very artificial celebration. I do not really enjoy crowds that much and certainly don't see much value in counting down the transition from one year to the next.

At the same time, I do see the transition from one year to the next as a great opportunity to reflect on the year behind us and to set intentions for the year ahead. Calendars are good reminders of our need to reflect and plan.

And if you want to have a Meaningful New Year transition try these questions for yourself and your family or friends when you get together to celebrate. They can even be used as a fun addition to a New Year's party if your friends are open to it.

1. What was the most significant event in your life during the past year? How did this event impact your life?

2. What have you learned during the past year that will have a positive impact on your quality of life next year?

3. What do you want to learn in the year ahead? How will this enhance your life?

4. What would you have liked to have accomplished in the past year that you were not able to? How do you feel about that going forward and what resolution, if any, comes from it?

5. What excites you most about the year ahead? What is your major intention for the next year of your life?

If you choose to answer these questions as a group, set up a few guidelines first. Some that I find work are these.

*only one person at a time talking, everyone else listens

*no judgment of anyone's answers... just listen

*no smart ass comments and definitely no advice

*ask for clarification if needed but only to help the person get more clear with what they are saying

*find a way to summarize for each other and for the group at the end as a way of bringing closure to the experience.


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