Should old acquaintance be forgot

and never brought to mind

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

and old lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,

for auld lang syne,

we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,

For auld lang syne.

A new Year! New beginnings! The old gives way to the new being. born, filled with mystery and possibilities unimagined. But this wonderful poem by Robert Burns reminds us to toast the friendships made over the years – through shared struggles and moments where we together encountered life in all of it’s forms. Friendships among relatives and neighbors; friendships built of trust and shared moments of effort and memories. We remember the stories of past days and challenges. We remember that life is not always. easy, but we get by with a little help from our friends.

As we lift a glass, we remember those who have gone before us; those who were gift to us. They gave us life, hope, faith, and most of all love. We lift our glass to those yet to come; those that we have not met yet but who are there in the mists of the future; and we lift a glass to all who we walk with in the now moment. We lift a glass and hang on to those whose lives are intertwined with ours – who share the moment. We lift a glass to friendship – to companions along the way and we are grateful that we can be gift to them and to receive them as gift. To one and all; a very Blessed and Happy New Year – and may your days be filled with new challenges and mountains to climb, remembering that we are sustained daily by that spirit of life that resides within the soul; that divine spark that unites all of creation and is love itself.

Lift a glass to new adventures; to life becoming. The earth is pregnant and we are part of that wonderful mystery. Salud! Slainte! Prosit! L’Chaim!

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