We’re all familiar with the famous song Auld Lang Syne. It’s an old Scottish song from the 1700’s that has endured the test of time. The version we sing today is based on Robert Burn’s transcription. The words are often misunderstood, but the true meaning is “times gone by”.
This inspires me to take this time as we welcome the new year, to reflect on the past. It’s important to remember how far we have come and the lessons and adventures that have brought us this far. You can pull out some old albums, scroll through your Facebook timeline, read old journal entries and letters, even saved newspapers from important dates if you have them. If you have family documents and heirlooms, this is a great time to take them out and enjoy them. Decorate your mantle with old portraits of family members and nostalgic memorabilia. This makes a wonderful conversation starter for family friends and children as you usher in the New Year.
You can take this concept a step further (for future years) by starting a personal blog or journal and adding to the same date’s post the previous year for a five or even ten year period. This will be a very telling endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be time consuming. Just a few sentences or a picture is better than nothing! Note your personal, career, social and spiritual developments so you can look back on them more accurately in the coming years.
Here is a beautiful version of the song by Paolo Nutini. Enjoy!
“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”
~Peter F. Drucker