Thursday, December 31, 2009

We're In This Together

A lake evaporates and thus gradually dries up, but when two lakes are joined together they do not dry up so readily, for one replenishes the other. --The I Ching

Today, the end of the year 2009, is a good time to reflect on what flavors the human experience. What else in life enhances the world with the tastes of remembrance but the relationships we share with one another? The taste buds of our experiences are the sweet and sour, the bitter and savory parts of life that get sprinkled to taste with the salt and pepper of our day-to-day experiences. Without the people who come into our lives, how bland the world would taste. The people who stay and the ones who leave, the ones who bring the unexpected to our lives and make it possible for us to enjoy each day like a good meal. Without them, the world would have no flavor at all. Where would the nourishment we need to survive come from without the other to sustain us?

This is the time to take stock of those who move through our lives, those who stay and form the backbone to our existence and the ones who move freely in and out of our lives like the wind but perhaps, leave something valuable in return. We need those people in our lives, as well. This is a good time of the year to reflect on the people who have touched our lives, who added the color and spice to our year, who made the dish of every day life a thing to savor and enjoy, to look back on and relish. Each interaction passes in a moment, yet leaves a memory on which to reflect and digest. The end of the year is a good time to thank each and every one of them--all of you-- for being the touchstones of a lifetime of experience. You make up the five course meal of everyday life. You're the appetizers and the desserts which start and end a lifetime of experience. So to everyone, the good and bad, the colorful and bland, the sweet and sour, the funny and sad --you turn life hot and peppery or bring a chill of ice to a raging fire of experience. It is time to give you all a nod of appreciation and thanks for adding to the flavor of this year's buffet.

Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2010 and the start of a new decade.

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