Here’s a poem for today – “New Year’s Day” by Kathleen McTigue:
The first of January is another day dawning, the sun rising as the sun always rises, the earth moving in its rhythms,
With or without our calendars to name a certain day as the day of new beginning, separating the old from the new.
So it is: everything is the same, bound into its history as we ourselves are bound.
Yet also we stand at a threshold, the New Year something truly new, still unformed, leaving a stunning power in our hands;
What shall we do with this great gift of Time, this year?
Let us begin by remembering that whatever justice, whatever peace and wholeness might bloom in our world this year,
We are the hearts and minds, the hands and feet, the embodiment of all the best visions of our people.
The New Year can be new ground for the seeds of our dreams.
Let us take the step forward together, onto new ground,
Planting our dreams well, faithfully, and in joy.