Raise a glass…
to the parents struggling to care for their family. May they be able to provide sustenance and love for the children
to the first responder running towards danger when others run from it. May you always stay safe
to the soldier thousands of miles from those that love them. May your mission be righteous and your body unscathed
to the healthcare workers who do more for others than they do for themselves. May their selflessness be recognized and appreciated
to the bullied child. May your struggles be recognized before it’s too late
to the bully. May you see the error of your ways
to the ill. May you experience recovery
to the grieving. May you experience closure and peace
to the hungry. May your plate always be full
to our leaders. May they do what is right, not what is profitable or electable
to the disenfranchised, the angry and the frustrated. May you find an outlet and peace in your heart
to the practitioners of hate and division. May you become part of the solution, not part of the problem
to those that chose the path of honesty and integrity. May you never be caused to second-guess that choice
to those who are hopelessly glued to screens. May you look away and see the beauty all around you
to those fighting a hard battle. May the people you meet treat you with kindness and respect.
Here’s to a better you. A better us. A better world. It’s up to us to make it a good year.
Here’s to you.