Have you ever wondered why it is that we make goals? In the United States, we tend to place our focus on setting new goals and intentions around the new year, but really, goals can be something we begin to work towards any day of the year.
I believe it is human nature to want to improve ourselves and situations. This is a valuable idea as long as we are also able to see what is good in the present.
Cultures from all over the world have many different traditions to help bring good luck into their lives for the New Year.
In China, doors are painted red, symbolizing happiness and good luck for the coming year.
Sicilians serve lasagna on New Year’s Day because eating any other noodle would bring bad luck.
In Spain and Peru, eating 12 grapes means you will have 12 months of good luck throughout the coming year.
In the U.S., a kiss at midnight will bring in the New Year with purity, a fresh start. The perfect time to make new resolutions and goals.
This hope of good luck in so many cultures around the world translates into universal good actions taken by individuals, the basis behind our New Year goals and intentions.
Take a few minutes to answer the following questions –
- What has been good about life this past year? The past month? The past week?
- What are 3 things you are grateful for today?
- What struggles have you had in your life, either physically, spiritually or within relationships in the past 3 months that really stand out to you?
- What have you learned from these struggles?
- What is it you are yearning to see change in your life right now?
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