The beginning of a new year can be a time when we feel a renewed sense of hope and motivation.  If we have experienced enough years, we might also, or instead, feel a sense of despair and frankly, feel quite demoralized.  “Will this year really be the year when finally things “fall into place” and when what I want to see happen, will happen?”  Do we dare to hope?

I say, “Let’s hope!”  But at the same time, let’s not cling tightly to desired outcomes.  I also say, “Let’s make plans!”  Plans that will give us the best possible chances to achieve our goals.  We know that rarely do “gifts” fall into our laps; some work on our part is usually necessary.  So, we do our best and what will be, will be.