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Starting The New Year With A Splash

How do you keep luck on your side in 2024?

Many Japanese people observe the tradition of slurping up a hearty ozoni soup in the morning to ensure good health in the new year. For those born in the Year of the Dragon, 2024 will bring power and luck, according to the Chinese Zodiac.

Warbling the Scottish song “Auld Lang Syne” might strengthen your resolve to get further musical lessons and shore up your resolve to spend more time with friends.

Last New Year’s day, I went down to the beach, as I often do at this time of the year. I was lucky enough to get there just in time, 1:11 pm, on 01/01/2022, to observe about twenty brave swimmers plunging into the surf!

Apparently, it’s THE perfect time to wade among the waves of the old Atlantic Sea. It’s refreshing and renewing and those who kept their resolution that day on Crescent Beach were all setting themselves up for a great year.

It was inspiring to see them facing the cold water, reefs, and rocks, removing layers of clothing for a brief swim suit and splash and dive in over their heads.

Perhaps this year it’s time for me to do the same. This chillin’ probably clears the head of all the zaniness and tragedies of 2023 (weather and fire tragedies, war and conflict) and will allow me to focus with fresh optimism and good will to each other in 2024.

And how auspicious that this New Year’s eve happened on 123123 (that is: 12/31/23).


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