Welcome to the new year! Each year, people around the globe find a spurt of motivation to make a new year’s resolution – to diet, get in shape, expand their mind, see family more – the list goes on and on. We try year after year to change and grow. I think it’s a rather beautiful tradition even if it tends to fade away within a few weeks. It’s so wonderfully human to try!

Recently I was talking to one of you and instead of a resolution, they come up with a “mantra” each year. One that they hope will help them grow and that they can use when life gets stressful, or they want to remember something important in their life. It’s got me thinking that maybe, instead of a resolution, I should come up with a mantra. I do have some favorite mantras. One is “this too shall pass.” It’s a favorite in both times of stress and joy (for joy, it reminds me to enjoy the moment!). So what mantra might you come up with this year to see you through stressful times? Or one that reminds you of the beautiful person you are?

If you come up with one, let me know! I’m still trying to figure out a good one for next year.

With love,
Rev. Sian

Rev. Sian Wiltshire is Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church's minister. Please feel free to reach out and say hello! She can be reached by email,, or by church phone at (714) 556-2882 (x302).