"When you’re celebrating a new year, whether that’s a secular year or a spiritual year, you have to look back a little bit and try to ask, ‘What is it that we need most right now in order to make the best of the year to come?’ I think there are two themes I think I’ll be weaving through. One is that there is a lot of pain in this society. And we need more compassion. And we need more hope. And we need more experiences of joy that we share with each other. So I’m going to be nurturing compassion and hope on one side.
And the other peace we need is that there is an incredible polarization in this society — incredible hostility between groups and the way in which people with very different opinions on where the country should go are arguing and speaking to one another. And there aren’t any solutions that will come from this sort of polarization. So one of the other themes I’ll be weaving through is to remember our common story, our common dreams....quot;