There is a balance one must strike between remembering the old, and creating the new. This is our chance to create a new year. So, how much should we assess the past, remember the good and the bad, and let it guide our creation? The true act of creation - the one which we revere in religion - is creation ex nihilo: creating something from nothing. We don't do that. We always start from something. Now we're starting from 2014. We might want a blank canvass for our painting, but we get one with some smudges on it, perhaps a little paint from our last masterpiece, a fingerprint or two.
I'm going to see my canvass as a window, a clearing. It has a frame, it is not unbounded, but it is open. Air will come in, and light, and, if I want, I can step through it - yes, right into my creation. I can look back if I want, but I might turn into a pillar of salt. Or, I might see Amalek behind me. Going forward, perhaps there will be a wilderness, long years of little water, but then there is the promise of milk and honey. Perhaps, in 2015.