Thursday, December 31, 2009
Some people dismiss the hoopla over New Year's saying the day is simply one more day, that there is nothing special about it.
To me, symbols in life are important and that's what New Year's Day represents -- a symbol of our lives being refreshed and renewed.
Just as our country's flag is a symbol of freedom and our pictures are symbols of our family and friends and being immersed in water is a symbol of baptism, so is the shedding of an old year and the ringing in of a new one.
On New Year's Day, all of our problems and our tribulations, our anxieties and our depressions are wiped away and a new, unused 365 days are awarded us.
Three hundred and sixty-five new slates on which we can write our successes and hopes and dreams and, yes, even our failures and disappointments.
But it is in the renewal of our spirits that New Year's Day is the most symbolic.
Let's make the most of the new life we've been given and aspire to treat others with respect and dignity and compassion, to set goals that are realistic and achievable, to believe deep in our hearts that we are wonderful people, deserving of the best life may offer us.
Let's make 2010 a symbol of a new life.