The title of the Scottish tune translates to “times gone by” and is about remembering friends from the past and not letting them be forgotten. Despite its strong association with New Year’s Eve, “Auld Lang Syne,” written by Robert Burns in the 1700s, was never intended to be a holiday song.
Amazing thought isn’t it? How something is taken and made to fit a time or place or situation so that all will get involved with it?
As we begin to usher in the New Year, let us not forget to reflect on the things that have happened throughout the year be they good or bad. Remember all of the good things and glean what you can from the bad because there is a lesson in all of it. We have seen countless celebrities pass, especially in recent days. We have seen a true political shift that effected us way before the elections took place. We have watched people endure situations that some of us might fold like a house of cards under. We personally may have experienced personal gain or loss and come out with a real story to tell. We have watched a city riot and a city trying to carry the weight of the senseless violence that takes place daily. We have watched countries in war and cities at war with themselves. We as a nation have watched people show their true colors when it comes to someone different from them. In all, as a community and as a people we have endured.
Begin to reflect and focus on the things that you want for yourself in 2017. Leave the negative in 2016 and formulate a new plan. Open yourself up to brand new opportunities and give of yourself a little bit at a time. Become the change you want to see.
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