This is the first post of 2018, going up at the stroke of midnight, and my first word to you for this year. I hope that you and your loved ones have a wonderful, prosperous and enlightening year.

Given the current state of the world it’s sometimes difficult to maintain optimism about the future. But we must never forget that the future is ours to create. It’s never easy and nothing is guaranteed, but as time marches on all we can do is try to make the best future we can.

Happy New Year!