Over the holidays, my parents relayed this little gem. It's a short Chinese parable:
The moral of the story: Who's to say that misfortunes are misfortunes? Who's to say it wasn't good luck?
So as 2008 draws to a close, and as we collectively experience the most challenging environment seen in quite some time, who's to say this period of time hasn't all been good luck?
Happy New Year! I'm optimistic that our greatest days still lie ahead.