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“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.” — T.S. Eliot
Another year is upon us. Isn’t it amazing?
It feels like just yesterday that I was embarking on 2018 and preparing to launch I’ve Been Thinking… into the world. At the time, I had no idea how the book would be received or whether people would enjoy reading it. I have to admit I was even a little scared. But today, I am able to look back on this past year in awe and with deep, deep gratitude.
I loved being on the road this past year meeting so many of you at book events. I also enjoyed meeting you at our Move for Minds events benefiting The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, through my work at NBC News, and through my work with my daughter Christina talking about our Netflix film “Take Your Pills.” Being on the road throughout 2018 was inspiring and invigorating. Why? Becaus eit gave me a chance to meet so many of you, our Sunday Paper readers.
You, the members of our Sunday Paper community, are the ones who helped us make all of these projects and initiatives so successful this year. You also helped us grow The Sunday Paper by leaps and bounds. We now have readers in 44 countries. Wow! Thank you.
The Sunday Paper is a community of people who believe media can inform, inspire and be a force for good in the world. Our mission is to be the Paper of Record for those who want to live meaningful lives and Move Humanity Forward. I’m so proud of what we’re creating together and I hope you are, too.
This past year, we were fortunate to add so many new A-list columnists and contributors into our fold. We also grew our list of incredible Sunday Paper Ambassadors, who are out there spreading the word about our work each and every day. (If you’re not an ambassador yet, then stay tuned. We’ll be inviting more people into the group in 2019.)
On this particular morning, we are sharing our Most-Read Sunday Paper Views and News Stories from 2018. These are the stories that resonated most with you over this past year. Perhaps revisiting them today will give you something to think about as you head into the new year.
Another offering from me to you for this new year is I’ve Been Thinking…The Journal. A companion to my bestselling book, this journal lands in bookstores everywhere tomorrow. I created it because so many of you asked me for it. My hope is that it will give you the space and the encouragement to write about your own path to a meaningful life. By the end of next year, I want you to have your own book of personal reflections, prayers and meditations. Just writing that is so exciting!
I know that the prospect of a new year can sometimes feel daunting, but I hope being in this community makes it feel a little less so. As we look ahead to New Year’s Day, I must say that I’m excited for what 2019 has in store. I hope you are as well. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. May we continue to connect and learn from one another in the days and weeks to come.
Dear God, when the past feels troubling and the future feels uncertain, please help me remember the gift of the here and now. This precious life you have given us is, in fact, a gift and I never want to take that for granted. Amen.