“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.”  ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”  ― Leo Tolstoy

“If we want the world to change, the healing of culture and greater balance in nature, it has to start inside the human soul.”  ― Michael Meade

“It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles…what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart.” Matthew 15

Of course the New Year gives us a chance to plan and hope for what it may bring. But we all know that nothing mystical happens at the stroke of midnight. Nothing removes the challenges we may need to face, the world we witness in its brokenness as well as its beauty, with all its separateness and disunity as well as its love and togetherness. 
Might there be another way of looking at the old year? Instead of just throwing it away, perhaps we should try sorting the items from the past that can be recycled into a separate bin so that we help make a better future.

Bishop Stephen’s New Year Message 2017

“I heard someone say once that many of us only seem able to find heaven by backing away from hell. And while the place that I’ve arrived at in my life may not precisely be everyone’s idea of heavenly, I could swear sometimes — I hear angels sing.” 

Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking(1956 – 2016)

“I've achieved what every artist wants, which is that some of their work will outlive them.”

George Michael(1963 – 2016)