What bet­ter way to see out the old and in the new than with a group of friends?

Highfields' Own - - Celebrations -

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.’

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