What will 2018 bring? Nobody knows.

What we do know is that the major issues and challenges will still be there,  waiting for us on Jan. 2. In the meantime, if we choose to offer holiday greetings and wish each other a Happy New Year, it's not a bad idea to do it without adding a sideways glance or a sarcastic or bitter reference to politics.

It might even provide us a little needed relief from the 24/7 of Trump, Trump, Trump and the Democrats on the other side.

A Happy New Year from us to you, all of you. It's a simple statement.

Today, we invite you to look both directions — to the past, where experience is forged; to the future, where opportunity awaits; and to the present, where past and future meet in this grand thing we call life.

Reflection is a valuable tool, for it is only through a fearless and honest evaluation of the past that we learn and grow. So, may we look backward, celebrate our victories and acknowledge our defeats, learning from both the things we've done right and the things we've done wrong.

But, at the same time, may we recognize that the past is gone, and its greatest value is to be found in the way we choose to carry it forward. Life lies ahead, so let the past — both the good and the bad — inform the present and, in so doing, shape the future.

So here's a suggestion as 2018 becomes a reality: let's wish each other a Happy New Year — and leave it at that.

Sounds easy, doesn't it? Yet many holiday greetings this year seem laced with additional comments, some reflecting dismay with Washington politics and Trump, with others endorsing him and taking a snarky swipe at his opposition.

How 'bout if we put down the swords and daggers for a least a few days and ring in the new apolitically? It can be done because it has been done.

As the tail of 2017 disappeared down the throat of 2018, we hope you'll be informed by the past, inspired by the future and eager to face the day armed with both.

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