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Thriveful Thursday: My 3-Question New Year Tradition

As with all seasons, we witness transition, but winter is special because it’s also a transition from one year to another. Winter is a naturally slow time, providing more opportunity for contemplation. 10 years ago, I decided to mark each new year not with resolutions, but with a meditative labyrinth walk. Many cultures use labyrinths to slow down and ponder, as a means to bring clarity and calmness to the mind, and to connect to what’s important.

The 3 questions I use encompass reflection of the past, focus on the present, and intention for the future. If you’d like to start your new year this way, you can find a nearby labyrinth ( or make your own with stones, branches, or whatever you can find.

Here are the 3 questions:

On your way in toward the center, ask “What is something I want to leave behind?” Think of things like self-imposed obstacles or ways of being that no longer serve their purpose. Once you reach the center, leave that thing there for the labyrinth to keep.

While you’re in the center, stay there and ask “What is something I’m grateful for?”

On your way out from the center, ask “What is a hope I have for this new year?” Think of things that will strengthen you, transform you, or refine you.

With my thoughts looking toward the future, a Jim Rohn quote often tags along. He said “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.” So, on that note, I wish for you to have a year in which you learn and grow in ways that allow you be a more flexible, adaptable version of yourself. Happy New Year.

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