“If people sat and looked at the stars each night, I bet they’d live a lot differently.”
– Calvin in Calvin and Hobbes.
Once again, like the last drop in the milk bottle and school reports, the end of the year has come as a surprise. In reality you may be a mere hop, skip and jump from that moment where you can sink into the break in routine; in practice, it probably seems like three blocks further than your legs can carry you.
At such a time, differences can seem insurmountable and variety turns into the spice that spoils the sauce.
If only we allowed ourselves – and those around us – to regularly catch a breath… We would then remember that, as Gandhi said, honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress, and that diversity is the recipe for life.
Contrast serves a purpose: holidays feel especially good if you were stretched in the run-up. As long as we, like Calvin, realise that a regular “evening out” is as important as a thorough recharge in maintaining equilibrium and momentum.
Here’s to 2015!
Liesl Hattingh Editor