As we begin another year
We must look back
At what has already passed
As well as ahead
Towards what may still come to be
That though many difficulties have stood in our way
We have continued nonetheless.
There are so many paths forward
And each one of them is filled
With pain as well as joy
Despair as well as hope
Malice as well as love
And adversity just the same as opportunity.
So as we proceed
Down whichever path lies before us
May we all be blessed
With the strength
To overcome any misfortune that may befall us
As well as the levity
To find contentment in the moments of peace.