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Ringing in the new year: Auld Lang Syne

New Year

The new year is fast approaching and you may be spending time thinking about the future, but have you spent time reflecting on the year gone by?

I know what’s going to happen at the stroke of midnight, on December 31st, 2017 (or January 1, 2018, if you prefer). Everyone is going to celebrate, confetti will fall, people will hug and kiss each other, and on queue, everyone will break out into song:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne! 

The modern day version:

Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And days of long ago!

You can view them side by side here.

It is, I suppose, a chance to put things in the past, like 2017.

What does auld lang syne mean anyway? Did you know that this is an old Scottish poem?

In 1788 the Robert Burns sent the poem ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to the Scots Musical Museum, indicating that it was an ancient song but that he’d been the first to record it on paper. The phrase ‘auld lang syne’ roughly translates as ‘for old times’ sake’, and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year.

The meaning is a simple and fondly remembering of friends and times past. As Ann Edwards wrote on the Grammarly blog,

“Auld Lang Syne” was originally a Scottish poem that was later set to music. The phrase “auld lang syne” translates literally to “old long since” in English and means something akin to “times gone by.”

What will you remember fondly from 2017? Who do you remember as time has passed?

Will you sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight on New Year’s Eve, or will you be fast asleep?

Recently I asked a question in the MainWP Users Facebook group about business goals. Some of the answers I received include:

“Become scalable on the tech side (already done so on the content side).”

“Paying myself a decent wage :-)”

“Getting more clients”

What are your goals for 2018? I invite you to post your answers to my original question in the Facebook Group. How can we assist you in meeting your goals?

Many artists have sung Auld Lang Syne. One of my favorite versions of all time is by Colbie Caillat on her Christmas Album, Christmas in the Sand.

Until 2018, have a Happy New Year! Enjoy your rest of your holidays and keep planning on improving in the new year.

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Todd Jones
Along with being the resident writer for MainWP and content hacker at Copyflight, I specialize in writing about startups, entrepreneurs, social media, WordPress and inbound marketing topics.
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