A Whole New Year!

Susan Alison
3 min readDec 31, 2022
Painting by Susan Alison

I like New Years. I often start a whole New Year on a Tuesday or a Friday, or any day when I feel the need. A whole New Week is fab, too. A whole New Month is full of promise. But a Whole New Year …

I love a Whole New Year. A Whole New Beginning.

And I (and PupperJack — natch) wish you all a wonderful New Year — we wish you a happy and healthy and smiley 2023.

‘The Land of Beginning Again’ by Louisa Fletcher Tarkington (1878–1957)

I wish there were some wonderful place
Called the Land of Beginning Again,
Where all our mistakes and all our heartaches,
And all our poor, selfish griefs
Could be dropped, like a shabby old coat, at the door,
And never put on again.

I wish we could come on it all unaware,
Like the hunter who finds a lost trail;
And I wish that the one whom our blindness had done
The greatest injustice of all
Could be at the gate like the old friend that waits
For the comrade he’s gladdest to hail.

We would find the things we intended to do,
But forgot and remembered too late —
Little praises unspoken, little promises broken,
And all of the thousand and one
Little duties neglected that might have perfected
The days of one less fortunate.

It wouldn’t be possible not to be kind.
In the Land of Beginning Again;
And the ones we misjudged and the ones whom we grudged
Their moments of victory here,
Would find the grasp of our loving handclasp
More than penitent lips could explain.

For what had been hardest we’d know had been best,
And what had seemed loss would be gain,
For there isn’t a sting that will not take wing
When we’ve faced it and laughed it away;
And I think that the laughter is most what we’re after,
In the Land of Beginning Again.

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Susan Alison

Paints pictures & writes stories for a living. Dogs appear in the art, & the humour — a lot! (Dogs have much to say about life.) Can be found at SusanAlison.com