“O Ahura, rise within me,
grant me steadfastness of purpose.
— The Atash Nyaish prayer, the Zoroastrian Gathas
Welcome to the new year, to a new start, to a new beginning.
The past year has been one of ups and downs. Many many ups, and just as many downs.
A year filled with gains and pleasures and delight. A year also filled with loss and pain and sufffering.
The year just gone has taught this for sure: all that we gain in the world around us, we will inevitably lose.
And that’s ok – that’s the nature of the world around us.
So let me salute this new year, this new beginning.
Let the year ahead have fewer ups and fewer downs.
Let me hold on less to what will inevitably go.
Let me uncover that which this precious life is.
Let the year ahead be one of purpose, of calm, of clarity.
Let the year ahead be one of peace for family, for friends, for colleagues and our neighbours.
Wishing you a happy, peaceful year ahead.