New Year is a good time to re-calibrate, set the pattern for the months ahead — because it’s the beginning. When God began, he started with a word, “Let there be light”. So in re-setting our future patterns for living, it makes sense for us to start with what we say, too. Because we are made in God’s image, our words have power. So does our silence. Monastic tradition has given me some very helpful pointers about speech and silence in daily living, even in family life.