Cynics say that celebrating the New Year is pointless, that soon after the New Year arrives, we all forget our resolutions and resort to our old ways.
I say that the New Year offers us the priceless commodity of hope.
The beginning of a new year allows us to draw a line behind the previous one and to reflect on what happened, good and bad. It gives us pause for thought and time to see how we might do things differently; it also inspires us to dream. Whether your dreams are big or small, it takes hope to dream – and courage.