1. ɢɪᴠᴇ ᴛʜᴀɴᴋꜱ
Make a list of the people to whom you are grateful. Either because they helped you in your work or school, because they were kind to you during a difficult situation, or because they accompanied you in times of suffering and sickness. In short, there is always people around us that have done some good to us. Let that night be a night of gratitude. Thank your family and remind them of all the good they have done to you. Let your text messages be full of gratitude, and take the time to text those who least expect it, and thank all their gestures of love.
2. ꜱᴇᴛ ʏᴏᴜʀ ʀᴇꜱᴏʟᴜᴛɪᴏɴꜱ ꜰᴏʀ ᴛʜᴇ ɴᴇᴡ ʏᴇᴀʀ
Don’t only establish goals such as finishing your graduate degree, paying your debts, going on a vacation to the Caribbean, or finally going to the gym. Instead, set life resolutions, big things you can start this new year. God invites us to nourish our hope with our faith. Christians are hopeful people that believe that the best is still to come. Making a list and leaving it in a visible place during the rest of the year surely will help.
3. ᴇᴠᴀʟᴜᴀᴛᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʏᴇᴀʀ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪꜱ ᴇɴᴅɪɴɢ
To evaluate is to give value to something; thus, review the most significant events you lived, the most important decisions you made, your most transcendental projects, and give them value. But careful, life is not black and white, in fact, it is mostly gray. Things are not always good or bad. For this reason, I invite you to see your life as Jesus would see it, with love, mercy, hope, and thus, evaluate what you have done.
4. ᴅᴇᴅɪᴄᴀᴛᴇ ᴀ ᴍɪɴᴜᴛᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜɪɴᴋ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ ᴛʜᴏꜱᴇ ᴡʜᴏ ʜᴀꜱ ᴘᴀꜱꜱᴇᴅ ᴀᴡᴀʏ
This year has been very moving due to the many painful deaths we have seen in the media. War, hunger, and injustice have scrunched up our hearts and made us grit our teeth more than once during this year. Possibly, more than one of you lost a family member or a close friend, too. Let us dedicate a few minutes to honor their memories and make a toast to their lives, and offer ours for the suffering of their families. Let their memories be more than a nostalgic and melancholic thought, but a motivation to live our lives with love and enthusiasm.
5. ᴄᴇʟᴇʙʀᴀᴛᴇ ᴏᴜʀ ᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀ
May we not forget that on January 1 we celebrate something very important to our faith: the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. We are used to this name the Church gives to the Holy Virgin Mary, but the fact that a fragile and perishable human creature is the mother of God Himself, is something sublime and we celebrate it on this date. Let’s then begin the new year greeting her, dedicating a few minutes of prayer to her, and attending Mass in her memory.