Signs of the Times

Topic: New Year

[From the Oshawa Daily Times, Ontario, Canada]

Once again we approach a New Year with the same feelings of gladness mingled with sorrow that we have felt before with the passing of each year. Every New Year is a milestone in all our lives, whether we know it or not, and as each year fades into the limbo of the past it seems as if an old friend has gone forever, a friend that knew us intimately and was a part of all joys and sorrows throughout a long period of three hundred and sixty-five days.

The coming of a New Year finds some of us a little farther ahead and others a little farther behind than we were at the same time a year ago. But the New Year recognizes no past performances—it is everyone's property, and every man has an equal chance with his neighbor to do with it as he will. It is another chance—a chance to better last year's performance, a chance to make more friends and become enshrined in the hearts of those we have already, a chance to amend any wrong we have done anyone knowingly or unknowingly, and above all a chance to make sure that another New Year will bring with it all the joys and happy memories of this, and none of the regrets.

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December 31, 1938

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