"Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow! You're always a day away!" -- "Annie"
We'll never forget Janus, the Roman god with two faces, for whom the month of January is named. One of Janus' faces looked forward while the other looked backward. As the god of gates, doors and beginnings, Janus was both contemplative and judgmental about the past while searching and hopeful for the future.
Symbolizing change, transitions and progress, Janus represented the middle ground. He was not two-faced, he had two faces.
Today we stand in the doorway, a middle ground and bridge between two years. Good riddance to 2012. It was weak, embarrassing and fell short of expectations in so many ways: more debt, more division and more blame. What we didn't get enough of in 2012 was jobs, fiscal responsibility and growth. The year was a struggle, and enough to make Janus close his eyes in pain.
But now we get to turn the page. It's way too late to change or fix 2012. It was a year of hard lessons, and hopefully we've learned something from those. Now 2013 is new, fresh and unblemished. It could be the best year ever, or the worst ever, but more than likely it will be somewhere in between.
As today we begin anew, let's plan for and work to make it the best possible year.