Hello Friends and Family, and Happy New Year 2008!
So what is it that is so special about this celebration of an arbitrary date change? I mean, really, we only just went from Monday to Tuesday, right? That happens 52 times every year. Yes, it's true that the date change that marks the passing of time from one calendar year (Julian calendar, btw)to the next is arbitrary, but the significance of it in our lives is more than just champagne (or "sidra") and parties. Whenever we can take a moment to mark the passage of time we pay homage to all of the momnets that we have passed through. The lives we have touched, the lives we have lost, and the lives we have created. Take advantage of the tidal wave of New Year's resolutions... it just doesn't have the same punch on March 25th (arbitrary date). Take a moment to sit down and reflect on the past year. Purge out those things that will not carry over from 2007 and get up with renewed energy for 2008.
Take time to reflect. Take time to renew. Take time to love.