Whether 2010 was a good year or one you prefer to forget, the passing of the torch from one year to the next deserves a little pause to consider what we leave behind.
2010 was a mixed bag for me, but rather than delete the 2010 entry from the calendar of my life, I realized I want to remember every second of this year as life learned and friends loved.
Known as the most popular song that no one knows the words to.
Auld Lang Syne, a Scottish song first published by Robert Burns is the perfect choice for New Years celebrations.
We sing: 'Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne. For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne, We'll tak a cup of kindness yet, For auld lang sine!'
The song in its entirety embellishes that theme of old friends who have shared common interests in their youth, getting together for a good will drink, remembering the past with fondness and celebrating their friendships.
And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp, And surely I'll be mine, And we'll tak a cup o kindness yet, For auld lang syne!
We twa hae run about the braes, And pou'd the gowans fine, But we've wander'd monie a weary fit, Sin auld lang syne.
We twa hae paidl'd in the burn, Frae morning sun till dine, But seas between us braid hae roar'd Sin auld lang syne.
And there's a hand my trusty fiere, And gie's a hand o thine, And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught, For auld lang syne.
(The Scottish were also the originators of Hogmanay, where a popular tradition - first-footing - sprang up with neighbors visiting neighbors shortly after midnight with gifts and well wishes. One tale is that you'll be especially lucky if a tall, dark, and handsome man is the first to enter your house after the new year celebration - guess that's what they call 'getting lucky', eh? )
How will you remember 2010? How will you celebrate? Are there any traditions you've heard about that you'd like to start doing this New Years?
I will remember 2010 as the year I met some fabulous people at the Moonlight and Magnolias Conference in Atlanta - one of my best experiences in years.
Pop the cork on the best year yet to come - 2011!