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Newport Bridge, Bay, Jetty

At the beginning of every year people make resolutions to improve their lives. This can be anywhere from breaking bad habits, to resolve to lose some weight. To learning new things.

To moving passed some past hurts. Letting go. Moving forward to new possibilities.

It is also at this time people look to rituals and good luck practices to increase their chances at success in the new year.

My family always has black eyes peas today for good luck.

 

“Each pea has an eye in it and there’s a sense of looking into the future and bringing good luck to people who eat them,” said William Ferris, a professor at the University of North Carolina and co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.
Another is eating collard greens. Eating greens early in the New Year will bring money and prosperity.

There are many rituals and superstitions. Some example snippets:

Nothing goes out of the house, or you will be losing things during the upcoming year. Don’t take out the trash or food or anything, if your trash needs emptying, do it before midnight.

Open the doors at midnight as this will let out all the bad from the previous year.

Make loud noises! This will scare away the evil spirits from entering your life in the next year. Fireworks will do the trick!

This is my fav - First person entering your home, this superstition is about how the first person who enters your home in the New Year will influence the year you’re about to have. Ideally this person should be tall, dark and good looking. Check! ;)

What You Do at New Years, You Will Do All Year.

Let me see.

Peas. ✓

Greens. ✓

First person tall, dark and good looking. ✓!

What You Do at New Years, You Will Do All Year. Hmm... I have spent the last couple of weeks surrounded by loving family and friends on and offline ushering right into the New Year. And I am here with all of you today. I'm good with that. So ✓!!

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Waterfowl

Like birds, let us,

San Fran 2013

Leave behind what we don't need to carry,

Grudges, Sadness, Pain, Fear And Regrets.

San Francisco

Life is beautiful, Enjoy it. ~

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From Peter: 4 New Year's Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

Love Peter's number 3: Behavior: "Say something nice to people."

I am pleasant! ;D

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Tidbits:

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Originally posted to Street Prophets on Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 12:57 PM PST.

Also republished by Shutterbugs, Pink Clubhouse, PacNW Kossacks, Daily Kos Oregon, DKOMA, and Koscadia.

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