On January 1st, 2010, I wrote a short blog post where I shared a quote by Edith Lovejoy Pierce:
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.“
I finished the post by asking this question: “What new words will you put in your book this year?”
Once published, I never looked back and, I admit, none of the family ever even thought about that quote or post again all year – until now. But as we were reminiscing over the events of this past year and pondering what nuggets of wisdom, humor, or lies to share in a holiday message, we were suddenly struck by how much 2010 really has been a year of opportunity for us in a number of ways. So we decided we’d share some of the words we put in our book called “Opportunity” this year:
Deb is thankful to have had the opportunity to:
- be semi-retired – by choice.
- start a new adventure – Four Circles Learning – and meet some truly dedicated professionals along the way.
- appreciate the importance of peace of mind and the connection between mind and body.
- plant millions of seeds and watch them turn into beautiful food at a local organic farm.
- knit scarves, bake bread, can pickles, create jewelry, and grow vegetables.
- put 600+ miles on her walking shoes.
- earn a half-marathon finisher’s medal.
- organize the first-ever JuniorCamp (a technology un-conference or barcamp) for K-12 kids in the U.S.
- sleep with a guy who gets senior discounts (ah, the advantages of getting older).
- hike and paddle through some beautiful wild places.
- watch magic happen.
Keith is happy to have had the opportunity to:
- return once again to work with a leader who inspires him.
- be out on the water when the need for it arises.
- dust off his old bicycle for some nice long rides.
- discover the true power of judiciously-applied email.
- appreciate the value of long-term projects with minimal short-term rewards.
- sit down at work and wonder what he should do next.
- enjoy a brief visit to New York to see friends and family.
- eat fresh-baked bread on numerous occasions.
- garden again, with some success this time.
- learn some new tricks to his old trade.
- prepare some delicious meals, and to eat some even better ones.
- go fishing often, and even catch something on occasion.
- wake up to and go to sleep with the person who makes all these days so extraordinary.
Kennedy had the opportunity to:
- save quite a bit of money.
- grow accustomed to paying bills.
- spend money.
- have an adventure!
- live on an island.
- meet someone…
- take thousands of pictures.
- sort through thousands of pictures.
- work retail on Black Friday.
- hang out, laugh, have fun.
What opportunities did 2010 bring for you? How did you respond to them?
Each of our opportunities was a gift, a way to help us grow stronger, to re-connect with the truly important things in life, to understand the beauty of simplicity and caring. We wish you happy holidays and a joyful 2011 filled with lots of love.
Keith, Deb, and Kennedy