“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!

— William Arthur Ward

Of the holiday seasons that most people celebrate, perhaps you can say that New Year is one of my most favorite. I suppose the main reason would be that it signals a fresh start.. a new year.. new calendar.. new planner.. new almost everything! For me it is symbolic of a new beginning..  a time to let go of past hurts and failures and a signal to look forward to greater and better things to come. Perhaps I like this time of the year because everyone seems to be full of HOPE. I’m sure we are all hoping for a better life this 2012.

I suppose no one really knows what the future holds. We don’t really know for sure whether this year would indeed turn out better than last year. But I have adopted a positive outlook for quite some time now. It’s not just the hoping and wishing that things will be ok but it’s the feeling that no matter what happens, it is for the best. So that’s right.. let’s charge on to a brand new year.. a fresh start and outlook in life.. Let’s cherish the moment. After all, it’s great to be alive! 😀

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