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Reflections on Year #38

As my 38th year comes to a close, I wanted to take this time to reflect on the last year. In this process of remembering, I came up with 8 lessons I wanted to share with you. As you read these, I hope you find a friend, much of whose learning and growth often seems to come through the most embarrassing, humbling, and painful situations.

  1. My mind may be elsewhere, but my body can only be in one place at any time. It’s up to me whether I dwell elsewhere in my mind or be present in my body. As I learn to stay present in my body, I hope my mind will wander less.

  1. Relationships are only as strong as they are honest.

  1. We are taught that life begins once a door is opened; however, most life happens within the hallways. Who I am in those hallways deeply shapes who I am when the doors in front of me open…and when they stay closed.

  1. Time with my kids living at home will be gone much sooner than I know I’ll be ready for. Soak in each moment I have with them now.

  1. Grief is unavoidable. I can lean into it, befriend it, and learn what it has to teach me, or I can ignore it, numb the pain, and live in denial.

  1. Pretending will slowly kill the soul.

  1. Pain has a tendency to remind us of our humanity.

  1. The more hurried I become, the more accidents happen…broken glasses, cut fingers…SLOW DOWN and remember intentionality.

Do any of these resonate with you? If so, let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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