The start of the year is a busy time for everyone. Most people are getting back into the swing of life after the holidays, back to work, back to school, back to everything really. We also spend a lot of time thinking about what we want to do in the coming year and what we want to change about ourselves from the prior. One thing that seems to be lacking in most agendas, though, is thanksgiving.
Just last week, upon walking into my hypnotist’s office, I was greeted by a very excited and eager woman. I could barely sit in the recliner before she started sharing what was so exciting to her. Since it was the day before New Year’s Eve, she was working on her regular start-of-the-year activities, but couldn’t contain her enthusiasm to share them with me.
As soon as I was situated, she asked what practices I kept for myself at the start of the year. I explained that I normally do a goal-setting session with John, and then break down my larger goals into smaller, monthly and weekly type goals.
She nodded enthusiastically. “That’s a great practice to have, but do you mind if I give you a sort of ‘assignment’? I’d love for you to add something to your start-of-the-year routine.”
I was eager to hear what she was so pumped to share with me, so of course I was game. Kim went on to explain exactly what she does at the start of each year.
“First, I write down a list of one hundred good things. I pick one hundred because after the first fifty or so, it starts to get more tricky. I want you to spend several days thinking of all the good things that happened to you during the year 2014. One of them can even be working with me – working with you is currently on my list,” she said with a sly smile. “Then, I write two letters – the first listing all the things I don’t want to bring into the new year, and another with all of my intentions to be better. Once both letters are written, I burn the first one, leaving everything I don’t want to bring into the new year behind me, and the letter of my intentions I keep handy to read whenever I need.”
She peered at me from across the room, “Are those practices you think you can incorporate into your yearly routine?” I enthusiastically agreed, excited at the prospect.
After my appointment, I could barely contain my excitement to get started on my new ‘assignments’ and tell John all about them. Although I have yet to write my letters (maybe that will be next week’s blog post, hehe), I have written down my one hundred good things. And after doing so, I highly recommend the practice!
Surprisingly, I didn’t even have that hard of a time thinking of my hundred good things. I didn’t even really have trouble until the last ten to twenty, but after some extra thought, it was easy to fill in the rest of the blanks. My list ranges from accomplishments like beating SIBO, to humorous blessings, like no longer having to drink “sludgie cocktails” made of bentonite clay and psillium husks twice a day. My hundred good things include memories, accomplishments, thanksgivings, and thoughts. It was truly an incredible way to remember so many wonderful things that happened in the year 2014, and it filled me with such thanksgiving for all I’ve been blessed with.
I’m excited to move on to the second part of the assignment this weekend, and have been making mental notes of things I’d like to include in each letter. Until then, though, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the sight of my list sitting on my desk – every time I see it, it kind of gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling inside. It’s a fantastic reminder of how blessed I am, and I’m pumped to save it for years to come. In fact, how amazing would it be to after ten years of the practice, have one thousand good things to read through that had happened over the past decade!
So, what do you think? Do you like Kim’s practice of writing down one hundred good things about the prior year at the start of the new one? Do you have any New Year’s practices that you’d like to share? Please let me know what they are in the comments below!