Something Missing in 2009

by Sherry Riter in Holiday

2009 puzzle
I do not think that 2009 will go down in the annuls of history as a “fantastically happy” year. At least, in my own personal life I do not feel that it was all it could be. So I made a short list to see if I could pinpoint the problem.

  • Financial stress was at every turn with my husband, mother, uncle and millions of others who lost their jobs due to the economic crisis we are still experiencing
  • I can not escape politics on the television or radio.
  • There was a huge stock market crash.
  • There are “closed” businesses everywhere.
  • Alyssa is becoming more mature and independent.
  • My health has improved and I lost 23 lbs.
  • I started blogging and met some really super people!
  • I created 8 blogs.
  • I have a roof over my head, food on my plate and clothes on my back.
  • My sister got married.
  • I love my job and the people I work with every day.

In a nutshell, it is a combination of them all.

I have worried so much this year that I have been unable to enjoy it or be as personally productive at home.

I have let doubt and fear ruin my year!

Worry is like a rocking chair–
it gives you something to do
but it doesn’t get you anywhere
When we toast our chocolate covered maraschino cherries at midnight (a tradition Alyssa and I started when she was a little tiny girl), I am going to let 2009 go away and welcome the fresh start of 2010. With eyes wide open, fear and worry will have to give way to concern, opportunity and solutions.

The new year offers a revitalized attitude just in the essence of it being unfettered with history.

A chocolate covered maraschino cherry toast for you all:

May the pain you have known
and the conflict you have experienced
give you the strength to
walk through life facing
each new situation with
courage and optimism.
Happy New Year!
maraschino cherry
—>How to make Chocolate Covered Cherries with lots of photos



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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 jenie January 1, 2010 at 4:35 am

love the rocking chair!

happy new year! already posted my thur thoughts…will await for yours 😉


2 Anonymous January 1, 2010 at 5:44 am

Hey! I just found your blog..Happy New Year!



3 Gabrielle January 1, 2010 at 8:02 am

Happy NEW YEAR!!!!!


4 Mesina January 1, 2010 at 10:18 am

oooh cherries! Sounds like heaven! I think so many were at worry this past year, so many economic changes that hit people on different yet similar levels. For those who made it without money worries, those are truely the lucky ones. 2009 was a hard year for us too, and yet such a wonderous year to stop and be grateful for family. I hope 2010 brings you much joy and happiness! x


5 JDaniel4's Mom January 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Happy New Year! I love your quotes. Hope this year is better for you and yours.


6 Mary K Brennan January 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Hope 2010 is a wonderful year for you!


7 Teresha@Marlie and Me January 1, 2010 at 7:43 pm

2010 is going to rock because you rock!


8 Jenny January 1, 2010 at 11:01 pm

happy new year!!


9 kys January 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm

You just started blogging in '09? You're so good at it I thought you'd been doing this longer. I hope you have a fantastic 2010!


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