A Fond Farewell to the Passing Year

Though we have escaped apocalyptic doom this year, we have not escaped tragedy or heartache. It's easy to get enraptured in the idyllic scenes of Disneyland and forget a somewhat cold reality around us where bad things happen. Forgetting, at least momentarily, is part of the appeal; we can leave today and enter a world of fantasy. Don't mistake me, I don't mean this in a negative way at all, quite the contrary. Disneyland is a place where you can go and slough off the refuse of everyday life, a kind of detox for the soul. Walt's hope that his park would be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world was fulfilled exceedingly and in abundance. But wouldn't it be wonderful if everyday life were better? I pray the new year will be filled with inspiration to make it so and joy to strengthen us in getting there.