The New Year always provides us with a time of reflection, both upon the year that has passed and upon the one to come.
The opening lines of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, Ring Out, Wild Bells, sums up what we all feel at this time of year:
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Although the year 2014 by any measurable standard was a good one for America, there is a sense of unease in our country that no one — let alone the politicians — seem able to address.
We can only hope that as 2015 approaches, we will let go of our inner turmoil and move forward in a direction that benefits all Americans and people the world over.
We wish all of our readers a Happy and Healthy New Year.