With the possible exception of Andy Murray – now SIR Andy, with a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours List to cap a year of outstanding sporting achievements – I would guess that most of us are pretty relieved to see the back of 2016.
If only the turning of the year could wipe the slate clean of old worries, old tragedies, old wars. We know it cannot, yet still we wish…while 2017 begins with yet more innocent lives taken, in Istanbul this time. The darkness seems strong in the world these days.
There are many, so many of us, though, who choose the light. It helps to remember that.
It need not be a big thing, sharing the light. Maybe you smile at the surly man behind the counter in the corner shop, reasoning that it might be the first smile he’s had all day. Maybe you send a postcard or pick up the phone to someone you haven’t spoken to for a while. Maybe you do far more than this: voluntary work, fundraising, fostering…or maybe you simply manage to bite back the sharp retort to the relative who is getting on your nerves, and give them a kind word instead. Whatever it is, it is worth doing and I salute you for it. As the old saying goes, ‘Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.’
My own wish for the New Year, for myself as well as for you, is this:
May your hopes be fulfilled; may your fears be unfounded; and may your courage be undaunted.
Happy New Year!
You can find more cheering thoughts for January in Oh, what a beautiful day.