Victor and I began keeping a New Year’s Journal in 1999.
It all started when we decided that we didn’t want to celebrate New Year’s Eve by going out and partying. We both felt it would be much more enjoyable and meaningful for us to spend New Year’s Eve in a spiritual way. So we decided that we would go up to our meditation room around 10 pm, light the candles and sit and talk about the important things that had happened to us during the year. The list started getting so long that I suggested that we write it down in a book. I had a couple of empty journals and thus began our New Year’s Journal.
In the journal we list:
- all the new people we had met during the year and how they had made a difference in our lives,
- all the trips we’d taken and what was special about each one,
- all the creative endeavors we’d undertaken and how they had changed our lives,
- all the things we’d accomplished and why these things were important to us, and
- all the family events (i.e., births, deaths, family reunions, etc.).
We are ALWAYS amazed at how long our list becomes and how very full our lives are.
We then make a list of goals we want to accomplish in the new year. But first we look back to the previous year’s list of goals to see which ones we accomplished, which ones we decided to abandon and which ones we will carry over to the new year because they are still in process. I remember the joy we felt one year when we found we had actually accomplished ALL the goals on our list (that doesn’t happen often!).
All of this takes a couple of hours and we try to time it so that we can be done by midnight to ring our Tibetan bowl while we hold an intention for world peace.
Keeping a New Year’s journal has been a wonderful source of inspiration and a great way to keep a record on our activities and accomplishments each the year. Each year we find that we are at a new level in our spiritual growth and the new year’s journal reflects that growth.