New Year’s Eve brings on many thoughts; a reminiscing of a year long past, an anticipation of the future and (if you’re lucky) a celebration with family and friends.  We make vows to do things in the coming year that we have not done, or to do things we should have done in the past.  Regardless of what we vow, where we are and what we’re doing on this passing from one year to the next, we all hear same song in some form or another.

A Year Long Past

“Auld Lang Syne
(English Translation)
by Robert Burns

Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And never brought to mind?

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Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And days of long ago!

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For times gone by, my dear
For times gone by,

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We will take a cup of kindness yet

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For times gone by.
We two have run about the hillsides
And pulled the daisies fine,
But we have wandered many a weary foot
For times gone by.

We two have paddled (waded) in the stream

From noon until dinner time,

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But seas between us broad have roared

Since times gone by.
And there is a hand, my trusty friend,
And give us a hand of yours,
And we will take a goodwill drink (of ale)
 
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For times gone by!
And surely you will pay for your pint,
And surely I will pay for mine!
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And we will take a cup of kindness yet

For times gone by!

Happy New Year!!!

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May the promises you make for 2013 come to pass.
May good fortune find your door step.
May you find the happiness you desire.
May all your wishes come true.

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With another Year long past, what are your wishes for the coming year?

Life’s Journey Continues…

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  • Dan Meyers

    As always, great graphics! I was lucky enough to spend time with friends and family over New Year's… such a great way to kick off 2012!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Dan, Yes it is. Being with family and friends is really what it’s all about. :)

  • Anonymous

    Happy New Year! Keep the illustrations coming … Love them.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Thank you so much. Happy New Year to you too!

  • shirla6960

    Nice, nice blog!!! Love your illustrations (always a joy)!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Shirla, Thank you. You humble me with your kind words. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/geekgirlusa Cheryl Therrien

    Well done my dear friend! Happy New Year! :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Thank you Cheryl, and Happy New to you as well. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/JeriWB Jeri Walker-Bickett

    I love Robert Burns! You should read his funny poem “To a Louse.” The Old English makes it even better! It would so fun if you ever decided to illustrate that poem or others. http://www.robertburns.org/works/97.shtml

    All the best to you and Happy New Year!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jeri, What a great suggestion. I will definitely keep that in mind for the future. Back at you my friend. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamieleagall Jamie Gall

    I love reading your posts susan, so original and creative =) Happy New Year

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Thank you Jamie, you made my New Year’s Eve. Have an awesome New Year!!! :)

  • http://twitter.com/StrllrAdvSoCal Stroller Adventures

    My wish is to make it to our new destination with all our family complete and all our belongings ready to be unpacked :D

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi There, I will hardly wish the same for you. Have the very happiest of New Years intact and unpacked … :D

  • http://biz.leoraw.com/about/ Leora Wenger

    What a wonderful collection of illustrations. My favorite is the cheese, bread, olives and champagne … the beers tipping in a toast is fun, too! Happy New Year.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Leora, Thank you, My favorites is the same one. Great minds do think alike… :-) Happy New Year to you too.

  • http://www.patricia-weber.com Patricia Weber

    Once again a LOVELY set of illustrations. And a supreme 2013 to you Susan.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Patricia, Awe… thank you so much my friend. May your 2013 be your best year ever. :-)

  • Jeannette Paladino

    Susan — thanks for the translation of Auld Lang Syne. One of the TV networks interviewed several comedians and asked what they knew about the lyrics. No one knew what they meant so they offered some pretty funny lyrics. Happy New Year!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jeannette, I bet that was a fun watch. I can just imagine what they said. I bet you got a great laugh out it all. Happy New Year to you as well my friend. :-)

  • http://www.writinginflow.blogspot.com Beverly Diehl

    Wishes for the New Year – the more things change, the more they stay the same. Time with family, friends. Finish some unfinished projects; start some new ones. Better attention to health/fitness (*sigh*).

    On a day-to-day level, sometimes it feels like a lot of paddling about and weary feet, but in the end, there’s a lot of good memories, and many pints of kindness.

    Thanks for yours.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Beverly, Indeed, and that what it’s all about, isn’t it? You are so welcome and may your New Year be everything you wish for. :-)

  • Garen Arnold

    Hey Susan,
    Happy new year! I have a ton of stuff on my plate for the New Year. Lot’s of sites I want to kickoff. Possibly one a quarter. Hehe checked out your about me page and saw Sammie. I will be getting myself a kitten as soon as I reach some of my goals in 2013 :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Garen, Good luck with your kickoffs and goals. I wish your the best in your endeavors. I do hope you get your kitten. :-)

  • amandahill

    Loving the illustrations… Happy New Year to you!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Amanda, Thanks and a very Happy New Year to you as well. :-)

  • http://joannerambling.wordpress.com/ Jo-Anne

    Who doesn’t know Auld Lang Syne although when I was younger I thought it was called Old Lang Sign………….lol………..

    Hope your new year has been a wonderful and happy one

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jo-Anne, That is too funny… so did I. I hope your New Year is as amazing as you are. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/lydia.brown Lydia Brown

    Susan Happy New Year! I love the pictures the cat is my favorite. Auld Lang Syne a favorite I have heard since childhood.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Lydia, And a very happy New Year to you too. Many people love the cat art as well. I too love this song. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/bbuergi Bruno Bürgi

    Interesting illustrations Susan. I wish you too all the best for the New Year.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Bruno, Thank you for stopping by. Thanks and to you as well. :-)

  • Janelle

    Wishing you all the best in 2013!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Janelle, I wish you the very same. Happy New Year. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/TakeChargeBecc Rebecca Thompson

    As always, fabulous artwork. A lovely post. I hope 2013 brings you much joy and happiness :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Rebecca, Thank you so much for your very kinds words. May your New Year be all that you how for. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/YLTL Dan Meyers

    Oh wow, I didn’t realize that’s what it said! Thanks for clearing that up and great illustrations! ;)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Dan, Very few people get past the first part of the sone. I actually think it’s a very cool sentiment. It was very fun illustrating it. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/YLTL Dan Meyers

    Oh wow, I didn’t realize that’s what it said! Thanks for clearing that up and great illustrations! ;)

  • Doreen Pendgracs

    Terrific illustrations as always, Susan!

    Happy New Year and all the best for 2013.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Doreen. Thank you and to you as well my friend. :-)

  • Pat Ruppel

    Happy New Year Susan – may we take a cup of kindness yet for another year gone by with hopes and dreams for this new year. Hope your celebration was merry and full of joy surrounded by friends and family. Happy 2013!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Pat, I love that. We had an amazing time this New Year and we look forward to a great 2013. I wish the very best for you in the coming year. :-)

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  • Kelly Wade

    I never knew the words to this song but I love it! And I love the feeling of a new year; optimism, hope and wonder for what the next 365 days has in store for us. Its an awesome time to both reflect as well as look forward to exciting changes and an entire year that can be whatever we want it to be. Thanks for the lyrics and illustrations.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Kelly, The words for this song are really cool. I’m with you there regarding the optimism, hope and wonder. May you have all fl that in 2013. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/m4bmarketing Susan Oakes

    Happy new year Susan and like the illustration of your cat :) Like some of the others I haven’t read the words before, so thanks. My 2013 be all you desire.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Susan, The words are often a bit of a surprise for people. We all know the first part but rarely hear the rest… LOL. I have the same wish for you too. :-)

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    I hope you have a wonderful new year Susan. You deserve it.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Krsytle, I really did and I do hope you have had the same.

  • http://www.facebook.com/martincasper Martin Casper

    Nice job on the graphics, Susan. The takeaway that I got out of this is that there is nothing more important than keeping connected with friends and to continue to develop stronger bonds. Thanks. Happy NY!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Martin, Thank you and I couldn’t agree with you more. Happy New Year my friend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/catarina.alexon Catarina Alexon

    Love your illustrations Susan!! Honestly think you should look into developing that talent of yours. Illustrating children’s books, for magazines and so forth. Go for it Susan they are great. Trust me I have been an editor in chief:-) Happy New Year!!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Catarina, Thank you. :-),. Wow, coming form you that means a great deal to me. I will make an effort to do that in the near future. :-)

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