To be honest, I cannot muster up any optimism for the coming year either for the world or for my own life in particular. I cannot see where any good news could come from. The best I think we can hope and work for is that 2017 will play host to the beginning of something new which will ultimately bring good news for the earth and its creatures, including humankind.
In the last year we have experienced a frightening number of nasty surprises. Let us learn from them and accept our responsibility, at least in part, for them; and let us do our bit to prepare the way for some nice surprises during the coming year.