Last year was an exceptionally challenging year around the world. A deadly contagion spread fear across borders. One airline was hit by two disasters that left hundreds dead and missing—including one tragedy that remains a mystery. Armed conflict rages in Ukraine and a new brand of terror has engulfed Iraq and Syria.
There were, however, many moments of celebration and inspiration, too: in July Germany won the FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. In October, seventeen-year-old Malala Yousafzai made history by winning the Nobel prize. On November 12, ESA’s Rosetta mission achieved the impossible when the Philae probe soft-landed on a comet hurtling through space, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved.
The events of 2014 only serve to reinforce that “Life is a mixed bag no matter who you are”. Each year we encounter a combination of unpredictable blessings and successes, and along with those are unavoidable challenges. In this respect 2015 will be no different from the other years – but both the blessings and the challenges will be new and different.
Even on the cloudiest of days, the sun still shines. Difficult times test your patience, self-control and resilience.
With that in mind I suggest that you approach the year with an open mind, curiosity and faith in yourself. It is through that process that you will discover the strength and wisdom within you.
I would also urge you to make time to nurture your soul, whether through meditation, yoga, prayer, or inspirational reading – whatever allows you to enjoy the present moment to the full.
May the new year bring you abundant blessings, help broaden your horizons, and achieve at least one cherished goal.
Happy New Year!