20 Important Lessons I’ve Learnt About Myself In 2013

[End of an old day or start of a new day]

End of an Old Day or Start of a New One?

If having a Happy Christmas has been a challenge for you this year, you have my heartfelt empathy.

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:

  1. I can’t do everything on my own
  2. I need good, trusted friends to walk with me in the difficult times
  3. It’s rarely too early or too late to let people know how much you appreciate them
  4. Integrity & being trustworthy are the two most valuable qualities we can possess
  5. Trust is earned, not a given
  6. All the best intentions & advice cannot help anyone or any situation until they are applied
  7. I have a responsibility to ensure that I do not hold others (or myself back) through what I think & do
  8. We are valuable for WHO we are not just WHAT we do
  9. The most valuable friends are those, who like us, are fallible, make mistakes & not afraid to admit it
  10. Accepting love can be more difficult than giving it
  11. If we don’t have a healthy love of ourselves, it is very difficult to love others
  12. Unconditional love is the most difficult thing in the world, but what is needed to change the world
  13. Karma is easy; Grace is difficult; but only one of these brings about real change
  14. Real friendships involve time, effort & even misunderstandings to help them deepen & develop
  15. I am not the most important person in the world, but I do have worth, value & purpose
  16. We can all inspire others, very often without realising it
  17. Asking for help takes strength & courage rather than being a sign of weakness
  18. Relationships are our life blood; lose them & a part of us dies
  19. Making a difference starts with me & requires commitment & persistence
  20. 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 …

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About waywood

Hi & Welcome to my thoughts. I share subjects that are important to me. As you’ll notice, these subjects can be quite broad & varied. I like variety; I like breadth & I like a challenge. I am passionate about helping others overcome their fears, grow in confidence & succeed. Although many people would label me as an achiever, I have battled low confidence, low self-esteem & a couple of nasty, long periods depression over the years. I can’t say, “I know how you feel” but I can hopefully empathise & offer some of the things that are helping me to turn my life around. Please feel free to comment, share & enjoy. Take care, best wishes & keep well Stuart
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