As this year closes and we look forward to the New Year I wish for you “wise hope,” seeing things just as they are.

“Wise hope,” writes philosophers and sages alike, “requires that we open ourselves up to what we do not know, what we cannot know; that we open ourselves to being surprised, perpetually surprised.” Wise hope is not the belief that everything will turn out well—because we know that will lead to suffering. Yet, with no hope at all, we may feel there is no reason to act.

Seeing the truth that everything will change, knowing impermanence, can be the place where we can begin to engage.

Beginnings bear this imprint of wise hope.

On this first day of a New Year and decade, I wish you all the steadiness of change, and the heart to hope wisely this coming year.

Happy New Year!