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Hope, against all evidence, for a better 2016

Belleville residents will again meet today to ring in the new year, a sign of hope as we face our future.
Belleville residents will again meet today to ring in the new year, a sign of hope as we face our future. tvizer@bnd.com

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Hope springs eternal. Every year, it’s the same darn thing: Next year should be better.

But why do we think 2016 will be different or better than 2015?

Because it’s an election year? Please. If there’s one thing that’s very clear, it’s that our polarized country and toxic political arguments can poison any well.

Maybe we believe 2016 will be better because the worst is behind us. Maybe the law of averages guarantees that 2016 has to be better than 2015. Maybe we believe karma will kick in and Little Orphan Annie’s sun will finally come out. Maybe there’s some sort of numerological reason that 2016 will be super. Or maybe your astrological sign will come into play. Maybe Uranus will … forget that.

More likely we all believe 2016 will be better because we human beings adapt and evolve. We generally learn and change. We’re pretty sure a do-over will result in a different outcome. We’re irrationally optimistic, and history shows that perseverance and persistence can overcome shortcomings.

So, is it really that simple? Can each of us actually make a difference in how 2016 turns out? You bet.

What’s clear is that if you think you will fail, you probably will. But if you think you can succeed, and keep trying, you just might win.

Happy New Year. Make your 2016 the best it can possibly be.

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