For many children and adults in famine and disease-ridden areas of the world, this New Year could well be their last.
Yet for us in our ‘land of milk and honey’, the New Year offers many Australians new opportunities and the chance to look forward to improving their lives.
Other Aussies are affected by unemployment, sickness and the drought. Some are still recovering from cyclones and bushfires and all of us are continually facing rising costs. As a consequence, it would be easy to drop our bundles and look at the New Year as a time of further struggle, more pain and less jobs.
But we are Australians and if nothing else, our relatively short history has shown us, and the world, when our backs are against the wall we continue to fight.
We need to take up the challenges of life in this New Year and look at our past problems, failures and indiscretions as opportunities to improve what we have or even explore different avenues that will positively affect our future lives.
If we make New Year’s resolutions that are practical and achievable then this might well be a good start.