Some New Year Perspective

Oh, yes.  Happy New Year.

I don’t make a big deal about the start of a new year.  It was fun for a time to make a big deal about it, at least in terms of throwing a party and that sort of thing.  I wouldn’t be opposed to a party still, but the actual reality of a new year is far less compelling.
For perspective, you could read this comic.  
It is not the changing of a calendar on a particular day that makes such a big difference, but the realization that it is the larger narrative arc of a life that matters.  Inasmuch as New Year’s can make us think of these things, can encourage us (myself most of all) to consider that arc and how a decade hence we might wish it to be different and therefore to nudge today our trajectory ever so slightly, then it’s a good thing.  But in terms of dramatics, well, I feel that people tend to depend too heavily on imbibing dramatics from all sorts of external sources to compensate for our own ennui.  
I pray good things for you this new year, but those good things are encountered or implemented on a day-by-day basis.  Towards that end, it would be more appropriate for me to pray you good day or happy day.  To pray that your needs are met this day, so that you might be better prepared for the next day, should you be granted one.  
Then again, I think somebody a tad sharper than I already taught us this concept, of appreciating and emphasizing this moment that we have, rather than casting our hopes into the indeterminate future.  His words have been stylized somewhat, but I suspect that this prayer for the New Day remains eternally appropriate:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
  hallowed be thy name,
  thy kingdom come,
  thy will be done
     on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
  as we forgive those
     who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
  but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom
  and the power and the glory
  forever and ever.  Amen.

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