As we enter the last few hours of 2014, and start cracking open the bubbly or going out to view the late night skies lighting up the new year with a few big bangs, let us pause for a few moments of silent reflection to remember and honour those who through no fault of their own won’t be welcoming 2015 with us.
As we grasp the opportunities and changes of the coming year let us just take a while to remember the victims of Flight QZ8501 Asia Airlines, the innocent Pakistani schoolchildren cut down at the budding of youth, the two victims of the Sydney cafe hostage event, the unfortunates from the Corfu ferry and the thousands of others who perished in assorted natural and other disasters, leaving their families and friends bereft and not able to celebrate. May their precious memories live on in the hearts and minds of those who loved them and cared about them. May we all be able to stand together at this bittersweet time and may they have the strength to sustain their sadness through this closing chapter of a tough year. There’s been so much needless suffering and so many victims of circumstance, although we can also remember and be thankful for so many good and cheerful things that happened during the past fifty-two weeks.
Here’s wishing everyone, regardless of your monetary circumstances, your religion or creed, your age, race, sex, sexual orientation or personal ideology a wonderful and peaceful 2015 full of opportunities for success, continued or improved physical and mental health, chances to make the most of your relationships with family and friends, and a chance to transform whatever you desire to change for the better.
Don’t overdo the celebrations so you have to spend the first day of the year in a blue fog, and remember not to do anything that consciously harms anyone else or indeed any of the non human creatures with whom we share this pale blue dot. Let’s commit afresh to making their lives better too.