The New Year may be physically visible on the calendar, but it's basically an imaginary restart button.
Tonight, I encourage all of you to toast twice, once prior to midnight and again minutes following. Toast to all the things 2014 brought, toast to all that you intend to bring 2015. Don't hold a grudge with the challenges of the past year. Remember the lives of those we've lost. Be thankful for the accomplishments and the blessings. Smile and be proud of who you are when that sparkling Times Square NYE Ball begins to descend.
Change is only frightful when we have no control. Embrace that restart button. Set goals for yourself and re-prioritize your selfishness.
If 2014 taught us anything, divide only multiplies negativity. Respect your neighbor, acknowledge strangers, and always keep one hand free not to point fingers, but to lend a giving hand.
We're fully capable of making this country, better yet this world a better place. What's truly stopping you from having a better year than last?
Happy New Year to all,
Cheers to more 'we' and less 'me' in 2015.