Tomorrow I will take a three hour walk with a friend. We have been taking this New Year's walk for thirty-five years. It is a chance to carefully observe another person's life and to reflect on my past year. I have found it worthwhile because it forces me to see my life with some perspective and particularly to judge some of my previous accomplishments as failures.
It also gives me a long range perspective on life... I can see it reflected in another person with family, vocation, relations and avocation in a different context.
The walk provides a contrast to my own life. I have more self credibility when I organize my story. Its the difference between one person talking to a therapist and a couple doing it. The latter includes the possibility of accuracy and reliable feedback.