With the dawning of a New Year comes new hope

Dec. 11, 2012
Kevin Henry feels sentimental this time of year.

I can’t help it. I get sentimental this time of year. Part of it is the fact that I do love Christmas and the lights and the overall goodwill that seems to permeate humanity this time of year … but the other part is the thought of one year ending and another year beginning. In my mind, there’s something very definitive about the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve and knowing that the calendar has turned. It’s a time for new hope, new dreams, and a new start. It’s a time when the past can become the past and the future is open for the taking. What will 2013 hold? That’s the beauty of it … it’s up to each of us to write the future and determine what the New Year will bring.

But before we get too far ahead of ourselves and go head first into 2013, it’s great to take a moment and look back at 2012. That’s what we did with this article, the cornerstone of our December issue, which looks back at the 10 most-read articles of the year in Dental Assisting Digest. Take a look and see which ones you read and which ones you need to read.

As the ball drops on New Year’s Eve and the seconds tick toward 2013, where will you be? I’ll be ringing in the New Year in the Old World … standing in the middle of St. Mark’s Square in Venice with the love of my life. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be there with her, starting a new year together. (We’ll be toasting midnight in Venice when it’s 6 p.m. in New York’s Times Square … that will seem strange). I hope that you’ll be able to spend the last moments of 2012 and the first moments of 2013 with the people who matter in your life … be it friends, loved ones, or family.

We’ve all heard the song “Auld Lang Syne” played on New Year’s Eve, but have you ever really heard the lyrics that go with it? Below are the updated lyrics (not the original Scottish words), and I think there’s a great message in there for all of us in 2013.

Should old acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,

And auld lang syne!

The new year brings us hope for peace,
A new day for mankind,
Where we can all live hand in hand
And leave all hate behind.

For auld lang syne, my dear.
For auld lang syne.
We'll take a cup of kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

When dreams they seem so far away,
Your soul can feel so low.
But love is never far away;
Your heart won't be alone.

Let's make a world where people care,
A world that knows no fear,
Where we can open up our hearts
And hold each other dear.

Our children grow, they need to know
The Future's theirs to hold.
If we can teach them how to love
Then the world can carry on.

For auld lang syne, my dear.
For auld lang syne.
We'll take a cup of kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

May you and yours have a blessed holiday season and wonderful start to 2013. I’ll see you again on the last Monday of January. Read on, this is your e-newsletter…