Day 155: “Out With the Old”

I got an e-mail from one of my friends this morning, wishing me a happy new year and telling me that he’d started the year with a tradition first introduced by a mutual friend several years ago. Each year, on the first day of the year, she goes into the woods, drinks from an old mug, and then breaks the mug, symbolically smashing (and then discarding) something negative from the previous year.

Even if you don’t have the spare time to walk into the woods (or the spare crockery to break once you get there), you still can embrace the spirit of the tradition.

Choose something from the previous year – a failure, a frustration, a hurt, a mistake, a regret – to discard as you begin the year ahead. (It may not seem quite as immediately satisfying without a mug to smash, but the overall effect of finally letting go should still feel the same.)

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