What better way to see out the old and in the new than with a group of friends?
The New Year is an exciting time as it offers both a chance for reflection and to look forward with a fresh focus. And while the overwhelming association with this time is partying, it can pay dividends to give a little attention to the great symbolism the closing of another year of life represents.
A great way to do this is at a function with family and friends, and all you need is a fire-pit, a scrap of paper and a few pens to pass around.
Have everyone in the group sit around the fire and take a few moments to reflect quietly on the past year.
This should be done on a personal level, as talking about it will distract people from their own reflections. Each person should write down one highlight from the year. This can be an achievement they are proud of, a moment where they stepped out of their comfort zone and were pleasantly surprised, or just a memory of a happy time from the past year.
Next, tell the group they should think about something they want to achieve in the upcoming year. This can be as big or small as they like. It can be anything from a relationship goal as small as ‘listen more to my partner’ through to a career goal such as ‘ask my boss for a pay rise in the New Year.’
Once everyone has written both their statements on the piece of paper, they can all be thrown into the fire.
You will be surprised how much fun this activity will be, at the same time adding an element of reflection that New Year’s Eve deserves.
For some, it’s more effective than ‘resolutions.’