As we count down to 2019 it is often a time to reflect on the year that has past.
It is also a time where we think about the future, and what we want from the New Year. This will inevitably differ from person to person. For some, the goal in 2019 may be to lose some weight, to read more or to achieve some set target for their academic or professional work.
For me personally, it is to shift attitudes and mind sets- including my own. I’m sure many of the readers will agree with me that opening a newspaper and finding nothing but arguing, bickering and bad news can be quite disheartening.
Sadly, this was the modus operandi of 2018. Especially in the political sphere, wherever you looked was more of the same.
However, the beauty of the festive period is that it can remind us of all the beauty in life that we take for granted: our family, our friends, and our faith.
So as we sit down with our friends and families to celebrate the New Year, I think of the farmer who has worked hard to grow produce I eat with my family on New Years Day; the person behind the supermarket checkout who despite the busy day smiled at us, and the next door neighbour who lives alone and may only have the television for company.
We should all make time to pop in and see that person who you think might just be on his or her own this year, it can make such a difference knowing someone has cared enough to think of you.
This last year has been full of division and discontent across many forums. Although healthy disagreement is a necessary part of life, we should remember that the things we have in common are more important than the things we don’t.
I hope that 2019 will be a return to positivity and I’d like to wish everyone reading this a very happy New Year and hope to speak to you in 2019.”