Happy new year - my best wishes to you and yours for a happy and healthy 2019.
The Christmas and new year holidays are a great chance to reconnect with family and friends and reflect and appreciate on what is most important to us. Ultimately, the meaning of life is a life of meaning.
Whether it is a sense of purpose, belonging and identity, or feeling values and loved, meaning comes from the engagement and relationships with people. This is hard wired in all of us.
When these relationships are with similar people to us, bonding capital is built. With those different to us, we develop the more valuable bridging capital, leading to more understanding, resilience, learning and tolerance in our community.
You may have done this as a volunteer, mentor or adviser with AVI, and continue to seek out new connections and experiences in your home community or overseas. Or, you are thinking about doing so.
So, in 2019, let us make a commitment to meeting new people and sharing our skills and experiences to support others, both here and overseas.