Thursday, December 31, 2009

The sun goes down on a decade

As the sun sets on this decade I think I'm glad to see the end of it. It started with a bang as the new millenium (remember that?) came swinging in.  And here we are ten years later still suffering fallout from terrorist threats in America, struggling to surface from economic meltdown, reeling from unemployment and on the verge of catastrophic environmental collapse.  I'm ready for a new decade. 

And yet, there is so much to celebrate.  In my own life I've done a lot in these past ten years.  I've seen my son grow up to be a sweet and capable young man, who's also funny and smart.  I've learned many new things (dog behaviour, ESL teaching, chairing meetings come to mind).  I've taken on new roles and stepped forward on a few different fronts. I've made some wonderful new friends and deepened connections with old ones.

And everywhere I look I see people sharing a smile, expressing love and caring, finding joy in every day and working to make things better in our world. I've come to know that whatever life throws at us we can learn from and grow through.  And I know that the power of love and hope is incredibly strong. I'm hopeful about the new decade--and I hope that you are too.

We went up to the top of the Freedman Hotel tonight to watch the sun set over the ocean.  And it was beautiful to see the light reflected in the sky and the water of the pool.  As dusk fell one of the huge cruise ships gently wafted out to sea.  And then the full moon rose directly opposite where the sun had set.  It's a blue moon; the second full moon this month.  I think it augers well for the coming decade.
May all your new years dreams come true.


  1. Hi joanna
    I enjoyed your summary of the decade and your hopes for the new. Mazatlan looks great. We have been to puerta vallarta and ixtapa many moons ago .
    Happy days to you

  2. hello joanna,
    i'm glad to see your sense of hope for the future. i'm also glad to see you place your sense of hope in the many and great joys of your family. i believe that change in the world begins in a very small way and that "the world" isn't defined by large scale acts of negativity.
    if you go to a restaurant and the sign is flickering, the curtains shabby, the floors creaky, if the meal's good that's what carries the day!!! have a lovely day and an inspiring new year! steven

  3. I agree...let's put this one behind us. My big impression of this decade has been speed. Everything is five times faster than it was 10 years ago. Maybe I'm just getting old and slow.
    I always look forward to seeing what's around the corner of time. So a new year, new day - it's all good.

  4. I'm ready for a new decade, too.

    Happy New Year, Joanna.

  5. As Helen Keller said - As the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

    Happy New Year to you, Joanna!


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