Another year is dissolving into the past. A new year looms on the horizon. We must now become friendlier with emptiness.
In mindful presence,
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
—Naomi Shihab Nye