Last year was an amazing year.
It provided many positive and a few not so positive experiences.
I’m thankful for each one.
After all, without experience, we would never learn.
Today, I want to share with you eleven things I learned in 2011.
Some of the these I learned by observing others. Others I figured out the hard way.
- Self Confidence
- Helping Someone Else Have a Good Day
- Chit Chat
- At work
We all want to be needed and need to be wanted.
No matter how much you build up those around you, you can do it more. Just think about how many days we doubt ourselves and don’t tell anyone.
Sow seeds of self-confidence in others and watch the harvest in our own lives. The best part is you don’t even have to carry these seeds in your briefcase.
Family is more important than almost anything. Putting a brick on your kid’s head won’t keep them from growing up!
Even as fast as we have grown, we’re never too big for our momma to hold.
Hint: call your momma.
Our babies will never be too big to hold (even if they are 6’3” and 220 lbs).
An important part of life is taking time for yourself. It’s not selfish. It’s necessary for sanity!
I repeat – no feeling bad for taking some time for you!
If we don’t take care of ourselves, then we can’t take care of anyone else.
It’s okay to get up and walk out of a bad movie. It won’t hurt anyone’s feelings.
Buying the ticket did not obligate us to that time. Go see a different movie, or go out to eat, or go shopping and enjoy it!
Patience isn’t a virtue… it’s a must.
An angry outburst never made anyone feel better (the shouter or the listener).
Oh… and I wouldn’t trade a truly laugh out loud moment for $100!
What was once up starts, remarkably, tugging down (even in places I didn’t know could go down).
I should be okay with that. Next year, I hope to blog that I am. But this year, I am fighting it tooth and nail (the only two places that are currently not being tugged).
As bad as we want someone to make our day with good news… everyone else wants that too.
Giving someone good news about something as small as their outfit can make a huge difference in their day.
Words weigh a ton… whether they are the right words or the wrong ones.
Whether we mean them or not.
Words said in jest, without a second thought, or in passing, can crush someone.
We usually think we are ready for something before we are–that will challenge us right there to take an honest personal assessment.
No matter your job, current challenge, or where you are in life, you can love it if you want to.
Obviously work is full of challenges!
A real friend is difficult to find and is worth solid gold. We don’t have to talk every day, every week, or even every month.
They encourage one another to be all that they can be and when they do well, we don’t get jealous (and they are never jealous of us either).
A true friend has permission to speak into our life and never has to apologize for what they say.
They even have permission to let us know when those jeans don’t do us any justice. Thank you friends!
Life without Him isn’t worth living.
I have known this for years, but what I am realizing is that I still go minutes and hours a day without talking to Him. This is really still living life without Him.
I want God in every part of every minute of my life.
What did you learn?
What is something you learned this year, either in your life or by watching others, that was important enough for you to remember and write here?
This is your chance to let us learn from what you have learned.