That our country celebrates many New Years ( Tamil & English New Years, Yugadi etc) indicates that the New Year is a relative and not an absolute concept. So we need not be bothered about which one to celebrate ! Any New Year is alright. The purpose of having a New Year celebration is to examine what is happening in our lives. Let us learn to take responsibility for each and every action of ours and seek the grace of the Lord through prayers, visiting temples etc. When we pray, we must learn, not to ask for the impossible. We must pray “ Oh Lord, let me do all activity with a cheerful mind. Let me find inspiration in all activities I do. Let me also enjoy all my activities”. We must remember, the future is never under our control. We can only contribute to the future, never control it. Let us do the same with cheerfulness and enthusiasm. We must pray “ Oh Lord, let me contribute my best. Let me enjoy what I do. Let me have cheerfulness and enthusiasm”. We must realise that we can never change other people, but only accept them as they are and pray “ Oh Lord, help me accommodate others – those who are changing for the better, who are changing for the worse and who do not change. Let me contribute the maximum to the other person’s growth”. Hoping for an ideal set up of satisfaction and security in one’s life is a dream and can never be achieved. So we pray “ Oh Lord, let me discover security in myself, whatever be the set up”. If we have such prayers, the Lord will cooperate. Praying thus, let us grow and contribute our best. Love, Chithra.