On A New Year

President and Mrs. Coolidge hold New Year's Reception at the White House, January 2, 1928.

President and Mrs. Coolidge hold New Year’s Reception at the White House, January 2, 1928.

As Coolidge expressed it in his daily column at the close of 1930, “We cannot for long reap when we have not sown. We cannot hold what we do not pay for. The law of service cannot be evaded or repealed. Nor is it yet in the power of man under any system of government he can adopt or any organization of society he can form to make this a perfect world. But the ability to make the best of things, to secure progress, to learn from adversity is not to be disparaged or ignored. The creative energy of nature is not diminished but increased by the fallow season. Mankind requires a time for taking stock, for recuperation, for gathering energy for the next advance.

“That is the significance of the new year. We take a new inventory to see what we have, we take new bearings to see where we are, we correct our conduct by new resolutions. After all due allowance for error and relapse, such a course guarantees improvement. Perhaps the best resolve is to live so that next year new resolutions will be unnecessary.”

May 2016 be a year where light overcomes darkness and the results of good work endure!

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