For most of us, New Year’s Day is about starting over and improving ourselves. We make resolutions because we have thought critically about the past, imagined something better, and then decided to put in the work to create that future. We don’t and can’t know the result of our resolutions, but we are still better for making them, for not just accepting the way things have been.
So much that happened in 2017 could have been better. We have a responsibility to admit as much and to do the work to move on. This year deserves a heap of criticism, but it should also motivate great hope. I’m excited for the year ahead.
I’m knee deep in the work of campaigning, volunteering, and working, and I’m inspired to imagine what comes next, to think critically about what’s passed and do the work to make this next year better. What we face is too important, and what’s at stake is too profound not to do the work of imagining a better 2018 and a greater future for St. Cloud, Waite Park, and St. Augusta.
Let’s do this.
Happy New Year from Laurie, Eliza, Phin, and I. We wish you the best 2018.