Happy New Year!

The Gregorian calendar, reckoned and computed from the time of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, marks the first day of January as the beginning of each new year. But whatever its date on a civil or religious calendar, New Year's Day, generally speaking, is recognized as an opportunity for fresh and better beginnings, for friendly reunions and renewals, sometimes associated with gift-giving. At such times there wells up in the heart a spontaneous desire for the unfoldment of good in the lives of others. In these clearer glimpses of fellowship old scores, enmities, and animosities are often forgotten, and friendly relationships restored. Thus all around there is expressed the kindly and genuine wish for a happy New Year.

Sooner or later,, however, many people come to the conclusion that mortal existence is a medley of good and evil, pleasure and pain, and that the joys of this material sense of life are transitory and evanescent, subject at all times to the vagaries of chance and change. Thus, to some, each recurring New Year's Day may seem to bring saddening memories, disappointment, and a temptation to indulge in self-pity.

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