I know that whatever God does endures for ever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already is; and God seeks out what has gone by. (Ecclesiastes 3:14-15)
He who governed the world before I was born shall take care of it likewise when I am dead. My part is to improve the present moment. (John Wesley, 1703-1791).
I have never found the New Year very interesting. While I enjoy the celebration of Christmas, the New Year is basically a time to hang a different calendar on the wall and to spend the first month trying to remember to write 2012 instead of 2011. Most New Year’s Eves are basically quiet; some years I stay up until midnight and some years I don’t. The page on the calendar will turn whether or not I am awake to witness it.