Was 2009 everything (or anything) you’d hoped or planned? Mine didn’t exactly go as planned, which is the ultimate reality check in reminding me to remain flexible. We’ve encountered a few hurdles and sustained losses, with the loss of a loved one closing out the year. But to keep living in perspective, connecting with and appreciating others still outweighs adversity. Here’s hoping you’ll spend many moments in 2010 breaking bread with the people who matter in your life.