12/30/2014 11:13 am ET Updated Mar 01, 2015

Here's to a Better and Peaceful New Year

Our poor old world lurches from crisis to crisis:
Ebola. Ferguson. Syria. ISIS.
So New Year's most welcome. Let's start again
With peace on earth and goodwill toward men.

Putin and Ukraine; a nuclear Iran.
We can't even get out of Afghanistan.
Yet no matter the weapons our enemies deploy
We may sow in tears but we will yet reap in joy.

Our society's gone crazy, our world's out of whack
When the police who protect us are under attack.
And yet thousands of years ago, the wise would intuit
Turn from evil. Do good. Seek peace and pursue it.

Authors write books that make the world better
But there's one book that's seen as God's holy letter.
If you open that book, instructions you'll find:
Let's all be like love. Patient and kind.

Despite all the headlines, I still have hope
That our families and leaders will find ways to cope.
So let's start with a slate that's optimistic and clean
And create a peaceful 2015.