But like the Magic Slate or the Etch a Sketch, no matter how we try to re-invent ourselves we bring with us the memories, the celebrations, the sadness of the past, and the scars. No matter how hard we try, we can't fully erase the past. We bring with us our experiences, our challenges, our unique gifts, and our viewpoints. At this time of year, when we put to bed one year and begin another one afresh, this is very true. We might make resolutions to change, to improve, to grow, and to begin again. We may make some of these changes. But as we do so, we bring with us our old selves as well.