There’s one thing that can be certain about this new year that we are approaching; no one will keep their new years resolutions. It just can’t happen. The gym economy depends on people dropping their memberships in mass during the spring.
We need to stop hanging onto the hope of fulfilling our resolutions and just let go of the things during the year that we regret. That would probably be healthier for all of us.
There’s a little deconstructive craft to help us do this. It would be great for New Years parties, it’s cheap, and you still have time to do it since you don’t really do anything until New Years.
New Years Clean Slate Plate. I know the title is lame but I just can’t think of anything better.
To do this craft you will need a white plate per person and a permanent marker. I bought my plate at the dollar store. You could also use wine glasses if you’re going to have a party for adults. I also suggest protective eye gear for the latter part of this activity.
In advance take time to draw the current year, 2011, on the middle of every plate.
When everyone gathers, whether it’s your family or a party with friends later that night, write along the edge of the plate the things that you truly regret about the year. Did you not meet a goal, talk nice to your spouse, or yell at your kids? Write it down. Did you drop your gym membership after a month, get a speeding ticket (times 20), or loose your wedding ring? write it down. If you don’t want people to see than write a little code or draw a small picture instead.
If you’re a believer than you might want to take a minute to pray over these regrets, asking forgiveness and praying for strength to do better.
Finally as the clock gets closer to midnight, find yourself a big brick wall and protective eye gear and get ready to let those regrets go. That’s right, you’re going to fling the plate at the brick wall and let the regrets break into a hundred pieces. Watch them smash and fall on the ground and know that they’re gone. The year is over and there’s a new one to start over.
It’s the most therapeutic dollar you will ever spend.
It’s a great, loud, smashing New Year’s activity. Letting go of our past, we press on towards the goal.
Let go of your past.. let it fly… into a brick wall. Your therapist will thank me.
Disclaimer: Plates and glasses break into tiny pieces when thrown at a brick wall. Make sure you wear protective eye wear and clean up all the broken glass/ plates carefully.