At the sound of the tolling midnight bell,
A brand new year will begin.
Let's raise our hopes in a confident toast
To the promise it ushers in.
May your battles be few, your pleasures many,
Your wishes and dreams fulfilled.
May your confidence stand in the face of loss
And give you the strength to rebuild.
May peace of heart fill all your days.
May serenity grace your soul.
May tranquil moments bless your life
and keep your spirit whole.
- Author Unknown
In spite of all the national and world events going on apace, it behooves us to pause, remember that a new year is upon us, and recall how much beauty still abounds: