Last weekend we went to see New Year’s Eve. It was good. Not great, but good. One of the storylines of the movie centers on Claire Morgan who works for the Time Square Alliance and is in charge of making sure all things go as planned for the ball drop. Well, they don’t. The ball shorts out and stops on its way to its perch high above Times Square–about halfway up. Half of the lights go out, and of course the crowd boos and hisses, while Claire worries over her job and whether there will even be a ball drop to ring in the New Year.

But in the midst of the worry, the crowd continues to celebrate and Claire finds someone to discern the problem. She also manages to find some perspective and makes a speech to help allay her worry and calm the unrest of the growing crowds in Time Square:

“[The ball is] suspended there to remind us before we pop the champagne and celebrate the New Year, to stop and reflect on the year that has gone by. To remember both our triumphs and our missteps, our promises made and broken. The times we opened ourselves up to great adventures or closed ourselves down for fear of getting hurt. Because that is what New Years is all about-getting another chance. A chance to forgive, to do better, to do more, to give more, to love more. And stop worrying about what if and start embracing what will be. So when that ball drops at midnight–and it will drop, let’s remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other. And not just tonight, but all year long.” ~Claire Morgan (Hilary Swank’s character), New Year’s Eve

How poignant are these words! It is so necessary to step back–even if for just a few moments–and think about 2011, before we go barreling into 2012. These words resonated so deeply with me. In fact, I’m printing them off and keeping them in a place where I’ll read them regularly. Because when it comes down to it, I want to love God and love people. And while New Year’s Eve was certainly just a “feel good” movie, I found it to be so much more than that for me–because of Claire’s words: How can I do better? Do more? Love more? Give more? Open myself up to adventure? Forgive more? Stop worrying? Be kind to others? All. Year. Long.