A New *Auld Lang Syne

I’ve said this on many a New Year’s Day: just because it’s the start of the new year doesn’t mean it is any different than any other day. Oh sure, it’s a new number to write on letters and checkbooks (am I dating myself or what?!), but it’s only that. As far as I’m concerned, each day we wake up on this side of the grass is a brand new day in any year.

Each and every day we are privileged to walk around in this beautiful Earth is a new day, filled with wonder and magic. Tomorrow I may bump into Jeffrey Dean Morgan on the street (oh, I wish!), win a million dollars, trip over a rare dinosaur bone, run into an old friend, author a book or find a diamond in a cereal box–the possibilities are endless.

Of course, there are horrible, unforeseen and unexpected things that can happen as well; I’m just not going to worry about them. I still follow the old “be prepared, not scared” rule. That’s all you can do; don’t waste time worrying about things that may never happen.

What I no longer put myself through on New Day is making resolutions. If I’m going make a resolution about anything, then it can be made on any day of the year. Also, as I get older, any resolutions now take the form of becoming a better person. Each day I can say, “I’m going to resolve that for today I’m not going to let myself get upset over something I can’t fix. What I will do instead is choose NOT to get upset, and move on.” I’ll be the first to admit that I often fall short on that one–but I keep on trying.

How about we just try to do a few small good things as we can, where we can? Happy New Year, everyone, and may this day and every other day be amazing!

*It turns out that “Auld Lang Syne” is an extremely old Scottish song that was first written down in the 1700s. Robert Burns is the person whose transcription got the most attention, so the song is associated with him.

A good translation of the words “auld lang syne” is “times gone by.” So when we sing this song, we are saying, “We’ll drink a cup of kindness yet for times gone by.”


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