I wish you a New Year
more beautiful than you are now
more rewarding than the darkness foretold.
A New Year with no comparison to any gone before
(full of bad experiences perhaps, lost opportunities or wasted time)
Not a New Year that is painted up, glossed over, made up, made over
But one rebuilt from the inside out,
reconstructed from the roots of your being.
Not a New Year of hollow laughter and ignorant abandon
There is no need to drink in excess
to wish health for others or rose-tint your view.
There is no need to make a list
Of good intentions and file them away.
There is no need to cry
and regret the past, consumed by guilt.
From January, change things. Make them light.
Reward justice, fairness, truth and honesty.
See clearly, feel spontaneously.
Taste what you eat, savour whom you touch.
Greet the morning with a smile and hope.
Begin with your right to live with gusto.
To win a New Year that deserves this name,
you, my friend, you have to earn it. You have to try again.
I know it's not easy, but try, try hard
and when you fail try again, because you will fail
but this is life and there is only one.
It is within you that the New Year begins
and hope, and new life forever expectant.
(With thanks to Laurinha and Carlos Drummond de Andrade)