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Why is New Year’s Day so evocative of lists to improve and enhance our personal and communal living? Life is comprised of cycles, and somehow, deeply embedded in our collective psyche, a New Year (always capitalised!) marks that part of the cycle where we take a deep breath and start all over again. The gift of Christmas’s eighth day underlines this in the text from Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 with its sage exhortation to attend to the seasons and not sweat the small stuff! And if you’re not inclined to look it up, you can hear the late Peter Seeger, age 93, get his audience to help him pump it out.

 

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