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Have your own Good Riddance Day

alegria

The folks in charge of the Time Square New Year's Eve Celebration are hoping to start a new annual tradition - Good Riddance Day. On Sunday they invited New Yorkers to bring things that represented bad memories from 2008 i.e. bank statements, stock papers and pictures of old boyfriends or girlfriends and throw them into a giant paper shredder. If you don't live in New York, you can have your own Good Riddance Day with friends. If you don't have a shredder, a trash can will do. Physically getting rid of ugly reminders is a good way to spring into action.

Shared by alegria on 12/30/08
allisonburnell

I've done something similar in the past, though I didn't get to this year. I take a small box, (cardboard), and on the outside of it, write the past year, and things like "regrets, mistakes, heartaches, problems" on the side. If you want to get really creative with pictures and symbols, I guess you could. Then you write on tiny pieces of paper, all the things from the previous year that you want to leave behind. Job loss, break up, mistakes you've made, whatever. Put in pictures, clippings, whatever symbolizes what's holding you back. At the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, (carefully!) toss it into a flaming fireplace, a campfire, or even a barbecue grill or metal trash can, and watch those regrets go up in smoke. It's a very symbolic way to watch those things go "poof" and be gone forever. I have found it very cleansing. For 2008, I think I need to locate an industrial sized wood chipper, or perhaps build a big bonfire!!

ChangeChamp

What a great idea! I think I'll start throwing stuff off the terrace now : )