Let us begin the new year with the courage, tempered by kindness, and the will, tempered by integrity, to face and overcome any challenge that comes our way
Every new year brings with it the opportunity to start afresh, to take stock of what we’ve learned in the past year and make positive changes in those areas which require our attention.
The last year saw new beginnings like the installment of the first span of the grand mega-structure that is going to be the Padma Bridge — an ambitious undertaking for Bangladesh.
At the same time, we faced some new and unexpected hurdles that have really tested us as a nation.
But with the gracious leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, we were able to handle the unprecedented influx of more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees, which could have easily destabilised us otherwise.
Then, for the first time in 30 years, the Pope came to Bangladesh — giving us hope and calling for peace and understanding over prejudice and animosity.
We began 2017 with many hopes, and even though it appears to have been just another year of global unrest, untimely deaths of icons, terror attacks, and corporate greed, we must remember to count the seemingly minor achievements, which can add up to make a big difference.
Like, for instance, the criminals we brought to justice, the women and children we empowered, and many of our societal inequalities we lowered.
As they say, opportunity often comes disguised as an obstacle, and how we respond to the challenge determines the outcome. Let knowledge, truth, and kindness guide our actions because only those qualities can produce the desired outcome consistently and sustainably.
So let us begin the new year with the courage, tempered by kindness, and the will, tempered by integrity, to face and overcome any challenge that comes our way.
A very happy new year to all our readers.