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New Year Reflections Writing Prompt

On the first day of the New Year, you and two friends make your way up a hill, eager to witness the day’s first gleaming rays. Perched atop, with the horizon stretching before you, you engage in a heartfelt exchange. As you think about 2023, you each share:

1. three things you are proud of

2. one thing you didn’t enjoy

3. a moment when you were brave

4. an act of kindness you gave or received

5. something you are looking forward to in 2024

You consider these reflections as the sun peeks above the earth, casting a golden glow on the dawn of a new beginning. Write down your honest reflections on the past year, along with the hopes and dreams that the first light of the New Year brings.

Warm-Up Discussion Questions

What happened to you over the past year?

Can you name three achievements from the past year that made you feel proud?

Was there an experience in the previous year that you didn’t like? What did you learn from it?

Describe a situation where you showed bravery. How did it feel?

Think about a time someone was kind to you or when you were kind to someone else. What happened?

What are you most excited about for the upcoming year?

How does sharing your experiences with friends make you feel?

How do watching a sunrise or special moments in nature make you think about life?

Why is it important to reflect on both the good and bad times?

Can you think of a friend who did something brave last year? How did it inspire you?

What changes or new activities would you like to see in your life in the new year?

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