Virginia Barton

1 January 2016: Triple New Year Greetings


1 January 2016


London's New Year's Eve firework display


A sombre TS Eliot wrote in Four Quartets:

“. . . last year’s words belong in last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.”


Mark Twain had a sprightly, if pessimistic, version of a New Year greeting:

“New Year’s day is the accepted time to make your annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving the road to hell with them as usual.”


Perhaps 2016 is ripe for a reminder of words spoken by the newly-elected Pope John Paul II in Krakow in 1978:

“I plead with you — never,
ever give up hope,
never doubt, never tire,
and never become discouraged.
Be not afraid.” 

The appeal is timeless.


May it be a healthy, happy, prosperous, and, above all, a peaceful year for all of you, wherever you may be.






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