Are you ready to sing the traditional New Year’s Eve song, “Auld Lang Syne,” as you bid farewell to 2020? This has been a year that we may all be happy to wave good-bye to and look forward to a fresh, new start in 2021.

As we turn to face the new year just around the corner, we need to take a brief look at 2020 as we say good-bye. Little did we know as we welcomed in 2020 on January 1st of this year that we would face a world-wide pandemic. Some of us lost family members and friends as the year rolled on. The Scottish poem made famous in 1788 by Robert Burns, and later set to music, comes from an old ballad by James Watson written in 1711. The first line of the ballad asks a question, “Should Old Acquaintance be forgot, and never thought upon…” In other words, should we forget the past, and look forward to the future. The answer is probably a resounding “yes” and “no.”

Perhaps we should remember the challenges we overcame, the brave heroes who served the ill, the family and friends we lost and loved, but perhaps we should forget the loss, the suffering and pain of the pandemic as we look forward to a fresh start in 2021. The year 2020 will be forever burned in our memory as a very stressful, challenging year, but Americans are resilient and strong. We are overcomers, and will be victorious in all that we encounter. So we will remember, and never forget all that has come before us which will make us stronger for whatever befalls us in 2021. Happy New Year!!!


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