Ring in 2012 with great expectations • Brooklyn Paper

Ring in 2012 with great expectations

Hope springs eternal from the word “new.”





By its very nature, then, a new year affords humankind a rebirth.

An opportunity to cleanse. An occasion to break with the old. A chance to aspire. An option to be…

The seemingly simple task is a tall one in a world overwhelmed by ills and strong wills.

Problems and pessimism.

Hurt and harm.

Despair and disparagement.

Blood lust and bereavement.

Yet, people are equipped with an intestinal fortitude and indomitable spirit. That much has been chronicled by history.

At their height, the winds of war have been tempered by peace.

Foes have become friends.

Goodwill has reigned.

Much is calm. For a while. Until the newness comes full circle.

As is its wont, mankind begins to re-embrace the perpetuation of strife.

Our lives are a wee drop in the cosmic bucket.

A urinal?

A portal of dreams?

Our short time on the planet is in our hands and of our making.

New is happy. Happiness is rare and all encompassing. Making happiness. Making someone happy — is nice.

It’s nice to be nice. Nicer to be nicer. Best of all is when we’re nicest.

Ideals are short-lived, but rejoice because it’s a new year.

And you decide. What to do with it — or not.


Reach reporter Shavana Abruzzo at sabruzzo@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2529.

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