This is one of my most favoured times of the year even though it's cold, the nights are long and the mornings are dark. But isn't it true that we rest and recuperate in the darkness? So as the year draws to a close, perhaps we can stop, retreat and rest in this busy world of ours. Perhaps we take stock of this past year, reviewing some of the major events in our lives, with mixed emotions. It is also a wonderful time of the year to celebrate our achievements as well as a time to reflect on what we might do differently.