Instead of Following Traditional New Year’s Customs, Celebrate Life

Being conscious and mindful means we live differently. It means we don’t follow the mainstream ways of life or “join the crowd”. We are the quiet leaders of a new and improved way of being. Why not choose a unique way to observe and honor “a new year” rather than drinking parties or boring television celebrations, why not celebrate our humanity and the beauty of the natural world?

It is western culture that created celebrating the New Year on December 31st with customs that are group/party focused. Did you know that the year 2000 bce in Mesopotamia was when the first celebration of the “new year” happened? It took place when there was a new moon and when the sun is exactly above the equator and day and night are of equal length in March. So, why not choose to celebrate in our own way, commemorating our connectedness to each other and nature? Instead of unobservable resolutions, why not create ways to be more in tune with nature and the Universe?

Humanity has only been around for about 200,000 years in a Universe that has been around for 13.8 billion years, so humans are really quite new. Did you know that every day around 100 tons of stardust falls to earth on everyone and all of nature? That is where our sameness comes from, a great way to acknowledge that is to celebrate it.

“We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out—and we have only just begun.” Neil deGrasse Tyson

If you were given an opportunity to make a global difference, what would you do? Create your own customs to celebrate life and raise a glass to more connectedness, new practices that benefit humanity and nature and to celebrating the joy of life on our unique and wondrous planet.

Thanksgiving – Greetings from a Thankful American

American Thanksgiving has a sorted history, something most of us knew little of or did we understand the complexity of the events that transpired. I do not celebrate that Thanksgiving. Instead, I express appreciation for my family, friends, the wonderful life I am living and the freedom I have to share my thoughts and beliefs with such terrific people.

Thank you to followers and anyone who finds my blog of interest. I am sincerely appreciative of your comments or your taking time to read what I write about as well thanks to anyone following or acknowledging my photography blog,

So from me:

Into 2020 – Start From Now and Make a Brand New Ending

My new year transition begins on the 30th as I reflect on my accomplishments and the risks I took to improve my life and myself. As the new year approaches, reduce the pressure on yourself to make drastic and improbable changes as the new year approaches. As with any time in our lives, the most beneficial practice is to begin with where you are in the moment and then the outcome will blossom from that.

My most recent venture as I look forward toward my vision for myself was to become a member of a photography site of professionals where I submit my images for critiques and advice. I knew the only way forward to being a better photographer was to open myself to commentaries made by experts who know that I am there to accept their comments, learn and improve. I am excited for the changes that are going to come from that decision.

“Life’s not about expecting, hoping and wishing, it’s about doing, being and becoming.” Mike Dooley