We make them a few days before New Years Eve, and we think about them. It's fun. We laugh at our creations. We may even feel some tenderness towards these versions of ourselves. But we don't want these versions to take root and define our behavior. So there's a bit of humor and humility but also sincerity.
|Elliot making his effigy|
At some point on New Years Eve we share them. If we are gathered together we might briefly speak about them. If not, we might send photographs to each other. Then we burn them. The significance of your effigy can also be personal and remain private.
Here is mine for 2014.
|a me I will no longer be!|
Having identified and constructed this iteration of myself, I am consciously letting her go. Goodbye you overly involved and invested person who worries too much about other people's problems! Settle down. Center yourself. Observe and let things go (and thank you, Bikram yoga)! Thus I will move calmly forward, with poise and renewed dignity!!
Happy New Year, Dear Friends.