Well, we made it.
There's no denying that 2016 was one for the record books. There are many other blogs and sites with lists of the high and low points of the year. And of course, we all have our own personal lists of joys and sorrows, moments to hold in our hearts and those we wish we could forget.
But we made it. And there's a brand new lovely page on the calendar waiting for us. It's wide open. Untarnished. Waiting for us to write on it and make it our own.
We can't see the future. We don't know what might come our way in the next 365 days. But we can know this: There will be joys. There will be sorrows. If we are lucky, the balance will fall on the good side.
Meanwhile, we have the hope that comes from a fresh start, and the wisdom that comes from another year, and the insights that come from having made it through another year on the miracle of a planet. For that, we can all give thanks.
So long, 2016. Farewell.