2013 has been a year of many contrasts for me:
- I’ve felt on top of the world
- I’ve felt happy
- I’ve felt disappointed …
- & several times I’ve felt I could happily end it all.
Many of you will identify similar emotions, although I sincerely hope they didn’t include the last one!
Having sat & thought about my past year I’ve drawn-up a list of what I think are 20 of the most important lessons I’ve learnt:
- I can’t do everything on my own
- I need good, trusted friends to walk with me in the difficult times
- It’s rarely too early or too late to let people know how much you appreciate them
- Integrity & being trustworthy are the two most valuable qualities we can possess
- Trust is earned, not a given
- All the best intentions & advice cannot help anyone or any situation until they are applied
- I have a responsibility to ensure that I do not hold others (or myself back) through what I think & do
- We are valuable for WHO we are not just WHAT we do
- The most valuable friends are those, who like us, are fallible, make mistakes & not afraid to admit it
- Accepting love can be more difficult than giving it
- If we don’t have a healthy love of ourselves, it is very difficult to love others
- Unconditional love is the most difficult thing in the world, but what is needed to change the world
- Karma is easy; Grace is difficult; but only one of these brings about real change
- Real friendships involve time, effort & even misunderstandings to help them deepen & develop
- I am not the most important person in the world, but I do have worth, value & purpose
- We can all inspire others, very often without realising it
- Asking for help takes strength & courage rather than being a sign of weakness
- Relationships are our life blood; lose them & a part of us dies
- Making a difference starts with me & requires commitment & persistence
- Thinking is a great asset but it can also be our worst enemy!
Any of these ring true for you? 🙂
I wish you all a very Happy New Year.
Until next time …