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January 1, 2016

Out With The Old, In With The New

Joe Charlebois

Robert Burns, the 18th century Scottish poet, first laid these words to the music of an old Scottish folk melody in the late 1780's. Since then this song has been a way to bring in the New Year in a celebratory way.


Should auld acquaintance be forgot,      (Should old acquaintance be forgot,)

And never brought to mind?                      (And never brought to mind?)

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,      (Should old acquaintance be forgot,)

And days o' lang syne?                              (For old times sake?)


And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!          (And there's a hand my trusty friend!)

And gie's a hand o' thine!                          (And give us a hand of thine!)


And we'll tak a right gude-willy waught,  (And will take a right goodwill draught,)

For auld lang syne.                                     (For old times' sake.)


If you're not sure what Auld Lang Syne is all about, well the modern translation speaks to two old friends getting together reminiscing about old times and raising a pint to each other for old times' sake (auld lang syne).


Burns had it right. Keep it simple – it is all about keeping it simple. This world may be anything but simple with the way that technology bombards us with information that we both desire and information that we wish we didn’t know about, but we have the ability to choose what to do with it once we have received it.


This year will be information overload as we have a year of significance ahead of us. It will be a year that will be a turning point, not only America but the world, as we elect the 45th President of The United States of America. As this election year may turn out to be a contest between the most divided electorate in our lifetime, remember that we are all Americans.


No matter who is elected as our next president, we will need to come together as one nation because it will be necessary to stand strong against our foes. It will require difficult decisions by Congress to do what is right – not what is convenient in a political sense. And it will require simple common sense in order to get our nation back on track as the leading nation in a troubled world.


As we look upon our own lives, we note that today is the start of 2016. We should never forget where we came from. We should never forget the lessons learned from our past; but, most importantly, we should never forget our friends and the great times that we have shared together.  There will be many more to come.


Happy New Year!


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