Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years Wishes for New and Old Traditions

What is your Tradition?  

I am grateful to have experienced many opportunities through other people’s traditions.  

Finding California Gold, miners searched in mountains, I simply walked in Santa Cruz - Photo by DW 

Perhaps I am looking for the same traditions I learned as a young girlI am curious of what other people do.  Out with the old saying, “Curiosity killed the cat” – and I learn by watching and listening to people around me.  

Definition of Tradition

Internet searches with the keyword “tradition” receives 140,000,000 results.  The dictionary meaning of tradition has four descriptions:

a : an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom)
b : a belief or story or a body of beliefs or stories relating to the past that are commonly accepted as historical though not verifiable
: the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction
: cultural continuity in social attitudes, customs, and institutions
: characteristic manner, method, or style 

Traditions, not Habits

Remember that traditions are different from habits, or behavior patterns acquired by frequent repetition (as written in the dictionary). Traditions and information are passed to you through the years by your family and community.    

You may create new traditions to pass to people too.  Family ancestors are a part of us and our traditions. 

Individual Traditions

One lesson I have learned from spending time with people is that everyone has individual traditions – and very important to each one of us. 

I have learned a great deal from sitting down and listening to people, actually listening to their thoughts, actions, and behaviors.

Escape to my walking trail - Photo by DW
 My own Traditions

I cherish my own traditions. I grew up eating buckwheat pancakes on a cold, holiday morning (raised in the Midwest) – and I combine this with new traditions like going to unusual places to explore on walks by the ocean after eating my buckwheat pancakes. 

Instead of resolutions this year - What tradition do you follow or have you made?  

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2013 ~ let go of the challenges last year ~ grateful to have an angel on my shoulder ~ and I am ready for the New Year ~ Smiles! The Fun Tour Guru

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