Like the fabled Golden Buddha who was encased in concrete so that village pillagers would not steal the precious statue, we often hide beneath certain behaviors as a protection against vulnerability. Select one thing to work on between now and the end of the year. One thing. Determine the veil you are using to keep distance between you and true connection to the world. Maybe it is too much sugar, too little sleep, too much work, or not enough time in quiet so that you can actually hear yourself think. Let the defenses fall. What lies beneath is golden.