Monday, January 4, 2010


New Year's 2006 in Cartagena, Colombia

Why did I pick this photo today? As a reminder.

First, we spent New Year's Eve in Colombia in 2006 because my husband was working for a different company back then, and was spending months at a time in Bogota (among other far-ranging locations) and so we decided that I would come out to meet him for a holiday. He doesn't have that job anymore. He doesn't travel for work like that anymore (he once did Chicago, London, Toronto, Miami, Bogota, London again, and then home in one week). When we took that photo, we had been married for less than 8 months, and we weren't thinking about having kids yet. It seems like a million years ago, not just four. I want to start the new year with an awareness of how fast things can change.

Second... just look at that photo. People in the Southern Hemisphere know about hot Christmases and New Years, but for those of us who reside in the Northern half of the globe, it's a pretty disconcerting concept. I want to make sure that I also start the new year with an awareness of how our experiences can totally change our perceptions of things.

Some of you had pretty awesome 2009s (congrats!) but for others of us it was kind of rough. Here's my reminder to myself: this too, shall pass. And, whatever happens, it's not the same from all points of view.

Here's to 2010. Let's make it a good one.


  1. Count me in as one for whom 2009 was tough. But I know everything we experience: pain, suffering, builds us.

    Still, I'd like 2010 to be much calmer.

    A great year to you too.

  2. Wow... I couldn't do that. Jet lag usually levels me for a while!

    It's funny how culture factors in to our perceptions of holidays. I had a sweltering Thanksgiving once and it just felt odd. When the people around me started playing Christmas music, I balked because it was 90 degrees outside. Not that I've ever seen snow at Christmas, but still... it just felt so different!

    But it was a lot of fun!

  3. 2009 had a lot of ups and a lot of downs. Here's to a great 2010 for everyone!

    Happy Monday,

  4. With my jobless situation I certainly could have taken 2009 to be a very bad year, but how could I when so much other good stuff happened. The bad times are just foundations for the good times to come. Hooray for a great year to come!

  5. Hang in there. You're right - this too, shall pass. I hope 2010 is everything you wish it to be and more! :-)

  6. So true! That saying - This too, shall pass - is what I kept repeating to myself in the middle of my labor. Oh wow, did I keep repeating that phrase. And when my little man was up crying at night, I repeated it then too. It's such a good mantra.

    I hope 2010 is your best year yet!

  7. As my Grandfather used to say, "There's a good time coming even if it's a good time coming."

  8. I remember one year swimming at Thanksgiving. We were in Puerto Rico. Christmas' were warm and balmy. But as for your year, you've got one eye to go. You're halfway there. Nothing changes until something does. Wishing you that something!

  9. I can barely believe that city tour in just one week. Clearly your husband is super-human. I'd've collapsed.

    Hope everyone has a fantastic 2010!

  10. this too shall pass.. my motto when I'm down.

    love it.

  11. This too shall pass is pretty much my guiding principle - the study of Annica or impermanence really helps me through tough times as well as to stay level during high times.