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At the beginning of a new year, like many of you, I always make New Year's resolutions. For me, a new year marks a new start and a time to change and to try to become just a little better at some things and a lot better at others. A new year is a new beginning.

It is interesting that in mythology the Roman god Janus, for whom the month of January was named, is most often depicted as having two heads facing opposite directions; one head looks back at the last year while the other looks forward to the new, simultaneously looking into the future and the past. This image of Janus was frequently used to symbolize change and transitions such as the progression of past to future, of one condition to another, and of one vision to another.

And so as we begin our journey into a brand new year, we too may want to pause and look back — to remember all the blessings we have had, and all the things we have experienced that have tried us, tutored and proven us, made us more humble and yet in many ways made us stronger. And then, we may want to look forward into the future and assess what we can change, and what we can do differently.

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