Almost every culture around the world celebrates the New Year on December 31st, and the themes are consistent from Brazil to Finland: out with the old and in with the new. At that moment when the old year becomes the new, fireworks explode in the sky in almost every city and town, celebrating the rebirth of the world. Different locales also celebrate their own unique traditions, from eating twelve grapes at midnight to wearing yellow underwear, but all the traditions are meant to affect the future– to cast a spell, if you will, to bring health, wealth, happiness, true love, positive growth, and dreams come true in the coming year. The New Year is a time of wishes. All across the globe, as the clock strikes midnight in their lands, people are holding their dearest intentions in their hearts and preparing themselves to step into the unlimited possibility of the new year.
Leading up to the new year, we are drawn to take stock of the old year. What were our highlights and what were our lowest points? We sift through the past, searching to learn from our mistakes and build on our strengths.
We also check in with our path. What are our goals? What are our values? What, if anything, has changed over the last year? Are we in alignment to meet our highest goals?
The week leading up to New Year is an auspicious time to do this work. The calendar flips to a new year and we are given another chance, a fresh new day to create the life we want to live.