One of my favorite quotes of all time is from this brilliant man, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” It is certainly a quote I cling to during times of turmoil in our nation. I most recently remembered it during the terror attacks in Paris.
Today, I leave you with a very different quote from Dr King – one that reminds us to be advocates, to speak up and speak out, to participate in our political process, and to not stand by silently while the world goes on around us.
In honor and remembrance…
We can’t say that we believe in each other’s fundamental humanity and then turn a blind to the reality of each other’s existence and the truth of each other’s hearts.
~Kerry Washington, in her acceptance speech at the GLAAD Awards
There’s no secret that New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite holidays. I’ve written about it every year and even have a tag on the blog dedicated to NYE. I’ll keep it short and sweet this year.
I will never understand why people don’t like NYE. I feel like NYE gets a slighted hand – with all the craziness of Thanksgiving and Christmas, everyone feels like New Year’s Eve is just one more thing on the holiday schedule that has to be planned to the max. It’s almost as if people feel like “I’ve had to be happy and cheery for over a month now for the holidays – I’m kind of done.” Naturally residual stress from Christmas gets dumped on NYE as well.
I’m not always the most particularly positive person in the world, but NYE is the perfect opportunity for optimism. Looking back on the past year is great – and you certainly should. There’s a lot to be said for remembering and reflecting. But here’s my basic message – look back, remember, learning something…. and then move on. New Year’s Eve is all about celebrating the year to come, relaxing, and letting the past year go. Because the year is over tonight – it’s done and over, and even if you want to, you can’t relive it. Bury whatever pain the year may have brought you because at the end of the day tonight, that pain should be gone with the year that also went. Remember the good times, and tuck them away for a rainy day. Learn the lesson that you should have learned this past year. Dare to not make the same mistakes again. Because tomorrow is a brand new day.