Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!
This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!"
William Arthur Ward (1921 - 1994) is considered one of America's foremost inspirational writers, with columns, quotes, and poems appearing multiple times in major publications during his lifetime and still widely referenced today. Born in Louisiana, he served in the U.S. Army before becoming a college administrator. William was also an editor, teacher, and pastor, and served on the board of directors for many nonprofit organizations.