A Happy New Year and Auld Lang Syne

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Robert Burns, the famous Scottish Poet, had it right when he published Auld Lang Syne in 1788.

‘Auld Lang Syne’ means ‘old long ago’, which can be translated as ‘‘days gone by’ or ‘back in the day’. It celebrates the reunion of old friends and a remembrance of good times.

Set to a Scotts folk melody, it very quickly became a custom to sing it on New Year’s Eve and it soon spread throughout the British Isles. As Scots and their brethren emigrated, it became the world’s song.

Auld Lang Syne begins with:

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?"

And the answer is:

We should have a time to reflect on the relationships and the moments that made up our year. And they should not be forgotten.

I remember and am reminded of the simple things like:

·       The moments of incredible grace that I have witnessed and been given

·       The generosity of the people in our industry some of whom had nothing material to give but themselves

·       The commitment, persistence and discipline of our people

·       The trust of our clients

·       The gift of our profession: to protect and defend the people who wake up every day expecting to be safe and secure in their jobs, their cities and their homes

·       Money is a tool not an outcome

·       Success is leaving the world a better place

·       Relationships are the true measure of wealth

With these in mind, I wish you all a Happy New Year and a wonderful 2018... for Auld Lang Syne.

Phil