A New Year: Let us look forward to better things

Welcome, 2018!

Welcome, a milestone, however contrived, that gives us reason to hope and dream, to think of ways in which we can change and improve — make ourselves and the world better.

Be kind to us. Your predecessor brought us division we had pretended was plastered over; terror and tragedy we still do not know how to fight; and battles with Mother Nature from which we still have not recovered.

Bring us healing and … if not unity, then respect, common sense and common courtesy; bring strength, wisdom and empathy.

Bring us the inspiration to be working toward something better; and the joy to do so while being grateful for what we have, today.

Bring us a year at which we look back fondly, 365 days from now; and approach 2019 with anticipation, not simply hope for a reprieve.

We are expecting big things out of this new year; so, most of all, bring us a world in which each of us expects big things — good things — of ourselves.

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“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” — Neil Gaiman, writer

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“Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.” — Goran Persson, Swedish politician

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