No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today. Take Heaven! No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant. Take Peace! The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Beyond it, yet within reach is Joy. There is a radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see, and to see we have only to look. I beseech you to look. Life is so generous a giver but we, judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love, by wisdom, with power. Welcome it, grasp it, and you will touch the Hand that brings it to you. Everything that we call a trial or a duty or a sorrow, believe me, that Hand is there. Our joys, too, be not content with them as joys. They, too, conceal diviner gifts.
And so, on this eve of a brand new year, I greet you. Not quite as the world sends greetings, but with profound esteem and with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away.
Peace and Happiness to you in 2011,