Has been my favorite saying for many years now. I always thought of it as having a positive connotation. It described to me a feeling I always had about myself and how I wanted my life to be.
I was reading this article “The great fall of China” by Walter Russell Mead , which I do recommend if you have any interest in global economics and power. He ends the article with this line: “Maybe the old Chinese curse says it best: We seem to be headed for interesting times.”
Which led to the Wikipedia search and voila , such is the case!
And here’s to 2008, cheers! The image is from the wonderful NYPL Digital Gallery