Moving Forward, Looking Back

The 2010 Chinese New Year is the year of the tiger, which represents bravery.  It’s quite appropriate for this year, as 2010 brings hope and inevitable change.  We don’t like change.  It still happens, though, and it’s easier to manage if you can be strong and embrace it.  Change doesn’t mean extinguishing the old.  Rather it’s a transformation that can include both the past and the future, meshed together in something new and innovative.  Change can actually be fun and exciting!

I saw a great example of innovative change in Edinburgh, Scotland, where I was lucky enough to visit last year.  Edinburgh is home to Rosslyn Castle, the counterpart to the Rosslyn Chapel, home of the Holy Grail in “The DaVinci Code”.  Built in the 1330s by a cousin of William the Conqueror, this working castle was built to preserve the spirit of the Scots against the English.  Edinburgh could rightfully steep itself in this tradition forever, but they didn’t.  In 1947, after World War II, the city wanted a renaissance of the human spirit.  They started the Edinburgh Festival, which now claims to be the largest cultural event in the world.  Today, even the food is innovative.  Don’t be fooled by thinking the Scots only eat haggis.  Within the past ten years, this small city has sprouted at least two restaurants, Martin Wishart and The Kitchin, which are both rated a well-deserved Michelin star.

Nothing is holding the spirit of Edinburgh back, and nothing should hold YOUR spirit back in 2010.  Adversity breeds change, and change breeds innovation.  This is what I get excited about.  I’d love to hear what changes you’re looking forward to, and how you plan to bring parts of the past with you into the future.  Be sure to drop a line or two in the comments, and check back soon for more updates.

In the meantime, don’t forget that Reading is Fun.  Immerse yourself in Wild Swans, Jung Chang’s family history in China, which is an incredible story of three female generations and their ability to learn and adapt in truly adverse situations.

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