Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 - A Year to be Thankful.

Never have the words from Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities' been so true...
For me at least the phrase 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times' so aptly sums up 2010.

I know many for whom the financial calamity of the last few years was further compounded this year (and I wasn't totally exempt from that!) and yet this economic cloud provided a silver lining for so many. In the depths of financial loss, many were able to reconnect with the things that are so much more important than what money can buy: The laugh of loved ones, the quietness of a calm day in natures solitude, the timelessness of a lovers arms when nothing more is needed at that beautiful moment of embrace, and so you linger...

And perhaps we're not out of the woods yet, but if we can keep our heads - and more importantly - our hearts about us there may well be a greater good from these challenges.

2010 provided change in abundance.
A change in home and the chance to live with a group of people who will always now be in my heart (Zorba-Buddha House Alumni I'm talking about you!)
A brief and transitory change of persona (into 'Rock Cliff') and the opportunity to be on the road with my best friend working with the altogether way too talented dudes in Like A Storm - an opportunity that afforded so many new friendships, and was I hope not a once in a lifetime experience! (I'll be back!)

And finally the equally heart wrenching and heart warming decision to move back to Aotearoa to finish my next book 'Time Rich ~ Cash Optional'.

The one thing that rings loud and clear when I think of 2010 is thankfulness.
I am thankful to everyone who came into my life and helped to shine light and joy on what has been a great year of living and loving life.

From the inimitable collection of wonderful souls at Zorba-Buddha to the amazing vegan eco-activist who challenged me to be more and do more.
The one person I have met who could beat me in a fight and on the chess board (and taught me more than he'd ever realise along the way.)
My brothers in iron who let no one come between those bonds forged over steel, Guyanese rums and Timmie Ho's.
And my sisters in spirit - who became my companions as we all climbed the crazy tree to even greater heights!
My brothers in rock and the friends met at shows and festivals and seedy bars....
And most of all those certain of you who were always there when I needed you and are there still.

I love you all.
Thank you.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times....
and man what a trip it's been!

2011 - here we come!

1 comment:

  1. You are so right C, 2010 has been a year I am also so beyond thankful for.
    It is been a roller coaster year of change, challenges and learning, but underneath it all came, amazing relationships, connections, immense learning and a huge 'soul' family full of love and support. So WOW! THANK YOU 2010 and thank you Cliff for our great great friendship, it is so special beyond words!
    I am so thankful to have had a pal to learn and grow and climb up the Tree with me!

    Love you so much C!! See you in 2011!
    Marielle and I Can't wait for 2011 and for all our new adventures together! Bring it on!!

    2011 The year of Surrender!! Time to LET GO AND LET LOVE!! Don't yah think !?! :)

    Your buddy Melissa