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Auld Lang Syne -Dougie MacLean (With Lyrics-English Translation)12/31/2020 update in description

Update December 31, 2020 (Tonga Standard Time): I created this post 9 years ago. I am deeply humbled by and profoundly grateful for those of you who choose to stop by and read this annual update. (CLICK ON "Show More")

New Year’s eve is a moment to reflect upon the year that has passed and the hopes we place in the year to come.

The events of 2020 will not be soon forgotten. In the course of human history, it is a rare experience that touches each of the 7 billion souls on this planet.

Auld Lang Syne has stayed in our collective consciousness for over 200 years because it is about connection with others. The kind of connection that binds you to someone forever: loyalty, friendship, kindness, love; even though that person might not be with you anymore. As I write this, nearly 1.8 million souls have passed from the earth this year due to the pandemic. We pause to remember them and honor of their memory.

Auld Lang Syne is also about the human spirit’s ability to hope for the future while enduring rough times by remembering the precious human attributes of friendship, connectedness with our fellow humans, kindness and love.

The year 2020 has presented humanity with challenges of historic proportions. As a modern sage once said, “Look for the helpers. There will always be helpers… Because if you look for the helpers, you’ll know that there’s hope.”

So, my friends, as we look toward 2021, I encourage you to be the helpers. You to be the hope. Reach out to your fellow humans: lift them up when they are down, encourage them when they feel defeated, help them see the light of beauty and gratitude when they are lost in the darkness of despair.

As we say goodbye to 2020 and enter the new year, please remember to take a cup of kindness for the days of Auld Lang Syne.

Wishing everyone a blessed, healthy and peaceful 2021! Live life to the fullest and leave only love in your wake.