Today wasn't raining - a nice change - and it was relatively warm (low 40s F), so there were dozens of people out walking on the seawall. I'd like to say I wished every single person a Happy New Year. As the old joke goes, I'd like to...but I didn't. I was wrapped in my own head, obsessing over a particular issue while I half-listened to Pema Chodron talk about living with uncertainty (which, by the way, didn't stop me obsessing, though it occasionally brought me back to the present).
In the fall, I left a "loonie in the leaves" that sat in its same location for weeks, until it became "loonie in the dirt". Today, I decided to leave a loonie in the same spot (now entirely dirt beneath a raised tree) for one of the other walkers to find.
That was pretty much it. I looked for opportunities; I did greet some people, but there were no photos or doors to be opened (since nearly everything was closed), etc. I thought of leaving a Post-it note, but I couldn't find mine.
Yesterday and this morning, I wrote out a lot about the past year, and about where I want to be in a year (I'm not nearly as clear on that as I was a year ago...). I used to say I make commitments, not resolutions; now I say I set intentions. In any case, the link will take you to an old article (2001, I think, despite the copyright date) that explains some of my reasoning. I've matured, but my general philosophy and New Year's tradition are roughly the same.
I hope you all had a great first day of 2013! Cheers!