Let’s Take a Cup of Kindness Now for Auld Lang Syne-Celebrate the Moment
"Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind, we'll take a cup of kindness now for auld lang syne."
The Scottish tune, Auld Lang Syne, by Robert Burns, has become the most popular New Year's Eve song among English-speaking people. Auld Lang Syne simply means times gone by.
Confusion abounds about the meaning of the words of this song, but when we hear them, we feel nostalgic. We get the message that we should not forget old friends and if we have, it's good to 'take a cup of kindness ' for them and pretty much everyone else. We also get the message that the time to do it is now.
A cup of kindness is like an ounce of prevention and a little chicken soup. It can't hurt, and it beats a pound of cure any day. The time for this cup of kindness is now, which relates to presence—staying in the moment.
Instead of making overly-ambitious resolutions, like losing 20 pounds by March, earning $30 more per hour and exercising 40 minutes longer each day, it might work out better for us if we resolve to be kind to ourselves and others and be mindful of the beauty of the moment. That way, if we fall off the wagon one day, we can begin again the next day, or even in the next moment.
Kindness and presence, done for no other reason except to be kind and present, can be empowering. This is the thread running through the words of Traci Stein's upcoming audio program that deals with having a healthy weight and body image—kindness, presence and self-empowerment. Health Journeys' new offering is in production now, and we can't wait for its arrival, just in time for a new beginning.
If you're looking for guided imagery to help you turn over a new leaf, try our Build a New You Kit. It features Belleruth's Self Confidence and Peak Performance, Emmett Miller's Optimal Performance and Martha Howard's Keys to Your Highest Potential.
To keep you on track, you might want to check out our Focus and Finish Kit, which includes Belleruth's Concentration, Focus & Learning and Traci Stein's imagery to help you Overcome Procrastination.
New Year's Day is one of my favorite holidays, because it offers a new chance to begin, a clean slate, an empty vessel, an open mind. In the words of T.S. Eliot, "For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning."
Happy New Year from Health Journeys.