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What is/was your 2002 New Year's resolution

Did you make a secular New Year's resolution? Have you made one before that you really kept? How about the one that you didn't? 'Fess up now! What was the most significant world event of 2001? How did it change YOUR world? What about a personal breakthrough or event? What do you hope for in 2002?

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I Think The Question Of "most Significant World Event" In 2001 Is... Jan 1st. at 7:28:36 pm EST

Gwydion Canu Bleidd (Knoxville, Tennessee US) Age: 33 - Email

I think the question of "most significant world event" in 2001 is entirely too easy--the events of 9/11. It changed forever how we would perceive safety and security in this country; if the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995 and the shootings at Columbine High School in 1999 weren't evidence enough, then the destruction of the World Trade Center should have proven to us all that "It can't happen here" is a fanciful notion with no basis in truth.

For me, it was a year of constant motion. In the space of just 14 months, I have moved from one end of my home state (Tennessee) to the other, living for seven months in the middle area, have been in and out of work, in and out of school, and in and out of love. That last, I am happy to say, is a problem that has been solved forever; I finally met the love of my life, after some 33 years of searching in this lifetime, in late November, and I have never been happier.

What do I hope for in 2002? Where do I begin? I would like to see a resolution to the war we're currently fighting. On a personal level, I hope to see the love between myself and my lady, Naima, blossom and grow to its fullest potential. I am hoping to finally be able to start a band. As for resolutions, I mean to start taking better care of my health, to eat better, and to continue to make sure that my immediate needs are taken care of properly. I finally began to get a grip on my finances after years of handling money poorly; that's a goal worth working for, I believe.

Most of all, I wish for peace and prosperity for all my Pagan brothers and sisters. Blessed Be, everyone, in 2002...

Well, Obviously The Biggest Event That Changed The Most Lives Was The... Jan 2nd. at 12:42:42 pm EST

Ashleigh Skaggs (Texas, Texas US) Age: 15 - Email

Well, Obviously the biggest event that changed the most lives was the events an September 11th, and the following events. Those events will forever remain in the minds off my fellow pagans, amaricans, and humans worldwide. If you think about it, All of us are the same, yet, different.
Iv kept all of my previous new years resolutions, and thats how Iv gotten this far. My new years resolution this year is to strengthen my weaknesses, and help improve my circle. Other than spiritual resolutions, I am too lose weight, at least 20 lbs! So happy new year to all, and blessed be.

I Don't Make Resolutions...i Come Up With A Theory Of The... Jan 2nd. at 3:29:12 pm EST

Ciarrai (Somewhere In Middlesex County, New Jersey US) Age: 34 - Email

I don't make resolutions...I come up with a theory of the year..."what not to do that you f'd up last year" type theory.

2001, got divorced, moved twice, lost my first friend in my generation to cancer, and 911.

And 911, and 911, and 911. (Rocked all of our worlds.)

I think 2002 is going to be better. I had a really fantastic new year's eve experience. After all that had happened, the party was very serene, we all cried over the loss of our friend, and 911, 911, 911 (we're Jersey girls; we love to harp on things). But we all felt better later, and I met a new friend.

Blessed Be Well to All of You in 2002!

ItÕs Really Hard To Look Back At 2001 And Not Think Of... Jan 2nd. at 9:23:03 pm EST

Terrance (Fort Collins, Colorado US) Age: 24 - Email

ItÕs really hard to look back at 2001 and not think of September 11. ItÕs been a hard time. As a military reservist, I have gnawed my fingernails to the quick so many times I canÕt count.

However there was, and is more. My entire livelihood and life was changed long before the events of 911. I left my high paying computer networking job to become a full-time university student. In 2001 I left working with and on technology behind and decided to go into natural resources.

My headaches have stopped now that IÕm out of the electromagnetic ÒhumÓ of Denver. My frolickings into the wild have brought me so much peace. My closeness to the Deities is tenfold now that I have found my path. IÕve made better friends. IÕve drank sweeter wine. IÕve seen more majestic sunrises. 2001 was a good year.

My plea to everyone is not to blindly move on, forgetting the tragedies and heartaches of 2001. Nor do I recommend we dwell on these feeling, either. LetÕs instead move forward, refreshed and awakened to life. Sometimes life is so tender and frail that if we whisper it, itÕs gone. LetÕs move boldly forward living every second Ð not as our last, but as our best.

ThatÕs my resolution for 2002 and beyond.

Blessed Be!

I Intend To Lose Weight In A Healthy Manner This Year. I... Jan 2nd. at 9:53:56 pm EST

Andie McElyea (Anderson, Indiana US) Age: 23 - Email

I intend to lose weight in a healthy manner this year. I did make this resolution last year and kept it. But I did it by developing anoerexia. This year I intend to do it the right way.

One Of My New Year's Resolutions Hinges On Something That I Will... Jan 3rd. at 2:17:18 pm EST

ƒowyn (Western, Massachusetts US) Age: 29 - Email

One of my New Year's resolutions hinges on something that I will always remember from 2001 ... it was the death of Tempest Smith.
When Tempest died, I remember feeling like not only had we lost one of our own, but that it could have been me or someone I love. Now I vow not to let it happen to anyone else. And this is one resolution that I WILL keep!!

On a lighter note, I resolve to start getting to work on time and to make myself a healthier person. I quit smoking and am starting to exercise. The exercise thing has been made before, so if I don't make it this year, I will not be that disappointed :)

2001 was a year of phenomenal change. It was not only the first year of a new century, but also the first year of a new millennium. That was cataclysmic and it showed. There were changes, good and bad, that affected the whole world in ways that will take decades to fully understand. I only hope that we remember what has happened in 2001 É so that we are never doomed to repeat it.

Brightest Blessings for 2002 everyone!
Auntie ƒ

My Resolution Is To Grow More Plants... Jan 3rd. at 5:02:18 pm EST

ruby (Manchester, England UK) Age: 17

my resolution is to grow more plants

Ack! Ok. Caught. Blink, Blink. Actually, Resolutions Are A Serious Subject To... Jan 3rd. at 6:35:19 pm EST

Rev. Carolyne Kleinman (Round Rock, Texas US) Age: 43 - Email

ACK! OK. Caught. blink, blink. Actually, resolutions are a serious subject to this lil' ol' New Year's Eve baby Capricorn so....usually I bless myself with a solid helping of guilt over NOT doing what I'd intended, this NEW phase of the millenium, its' about time that changed. I've decided to "love the skin I'm in" as Momma Inanna would have me to do. Respecting that means I also get to enjoy setting boundaries that I've been lax in setting with others. (I'm a pushover for the munchkins....) Beyond that, last year was my time to re-work the past lessons in forbearance. Guess that gets dusted off and polished too, huh?
All in all, Momma Inanna gets to have Her Will and Her Way this year. I think its' gonna get interesting!

My New Years Resolutions? Well I Made Some For The Celtic New... Jan 4th. at 11:07:21 am EST

SparrowHawk (Spokane, Washington US) Age: 22 - Email

My New Years resolutions? Well I made some for the Celtic New Years one Samhain, but on the conventional New Years I will do so again...I will do my utmost to hold up to them *smiles*

My New years resolution is to be in touch more with myself in this technologically rushed and harried world. As well, it is time to do some spirit walking once more to search for my inner mysteries. I also will strive to find more purpose in my life on all levels of my being, and restrain myself from judging other people, and pray that once again under the Goddess and God to heal the world around me where I am, and that I will first heal myself. Realizing I am far from perfect and to celebrate those imperfections within myself to better them.

Also, I will do my part on loving my enemies, and releasing old additionally get back to writing my books I have been planning to do, and to find more solace in my philosophical mediations to instill harmony and balance within myself. It is time to shed old vices and hatred realzing evermore that since I cannot walk endless lifetimes in another persons shoes, I shall not judge them.

There are a bunch more on my list so I suppose that does enough...let us all celebrate healing and diversity in the world, and let not any of our differences separate us from the brotherhood and sisterhood of the world. This year I hope shall be a year of healing and harmony. As a character who is an elderly woman in the books by Kate Forsythe in the "Witches of Eilaenan" series once said, "We must ye two go about beating each other o'er yer heads w' nettles? Is naught there enough stinging in this world?"

New Years Blessings For Everyone,


Due In Part To Sept. 11, I've Resolved To Treat Myself As... Jan 4th. at 2:24:52 pm EST

catriona (st cloud , Minnesota US) Age: 36

Due in part to Sept. 11, I've resolved to treat myself as I treat the Goddess. That has pretty far reaching ramifications, all good! And my faith is that by keeping this resolution that the Her light will come through me and go out to others. Seems like that's what we all need about now, more goodness. My second spiritual resolution is to continue my studies and live more fully through them.

Since Many Of Us Have Different Ideas As To When The New... Jan 4th. at 3:19:25 pm EST

Quest Wulf (New York, New York US) Age: 38

Since many of us have different ideas as to when the New Year begins, resolutions can be made at about anytime ya' want

But in the spirit of the question. I resolve to be kinder to me. To give time to me, myself, and I to work through problems that I need to deal with both spiritually and physically.

2001 big events were too many to name. The blessing/curse "May you live in interesting times" was in full force for me this past year. I am very interested in some quiet time now.

My New Years Resoulotion Was To Quit Smoking And Work On My... Jan 4th. at 3:35:45 pm EST

*Moonbeam* (lake county, California US) Age: 15

MY new years resoulotion was to quit smoking AND work on my meditition and visualization skills, I also wnat to actually do more hands on work with the craft because I have the trouble of picking up a book , taking notes on it and sticking it in mt BOS without even practicing it yet.

The most siginifigant world event for me was undoubtedly the september 11 tragedy because not one person on mother nature's earth didn't feel an impact. For me it was Earth shattering, I saw people around me I thought were unbreakable fall down in tears. I happen to come form New
York and it was really hard, I had to put my birthday on hold while my family scrambled with letters and Telephone calls trying to find other relitives, thankfully now onew as hurt.

A presonal breakthrough for me was to stand up to others for my belifs , most of which were my friends and because of it my relationships with these peolpe are better than ever. I hope for peace in the new year , among all.

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