2010 – Year of Opportunity

Happy Holidays friends and family, neighbors and colleagues, and strangers who stumble across this site…

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.

    Long-term project...
  • 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

4 thoughts on “2010 – Year of Opportunity

  1. 2010 taught me and showed me how to:
    -To meet a couple who are in love with each other more and more each day.
    -To urban garden
    -To hold the love of my life closer while being so far apart.
    -dancing in my pjs in the kitchen while making cookies with the women in my life who have meant the most.
    -To have many loved ones sleep in my small apartment and love every moment of it.
    -And the biggest lesson learned is to spend more time with loved ones and less on stressful things!

    Happy Christmas and Merry New Years! Thanks for being an amazing couple and example of love and family to us all!

  2. 2010 has given me opportunities….

    -To spend more time with my children and husband and not so much on superficial things.
    -To be prouder everyday of my children’s choices as they grow into young women and men.
    -To find that my husband and I are more in love everyday after the last few years challenges
    -To be proud of what my husband as accomplished for himself in the last 6 months.
    -To make more time for myself.
    -To laugh and smile more then ever
    -To find I have some really great friends!

    Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a New Year with even more opportunities!!! Thanks for being you, Hanson’s!

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