Lessons Learned in 2019

Thank you 2019 Hello 2020

2019 was a challenging year in many aspects, but the lessons learned make everything a gift. Top lessons learned in 2019:

  • Insecurity, lack of confidence, anger, resentment, and impatience are by-products of fear. Fear robs us of any kind of peace and contentment.
  • Others’ behaviors and criticisms can only affect us if we let them. Others’ opinions of us, or about what we do, are unimportant and fleeting.
  • What we don’t like in others is often what we don’t like in ourselves.
  • Each of us is enough, just as we are. We don’t need a good “review” or validation from anyone else to prove that. There is no need to compare or compete with anyone else. We are who we are. And each of us is enough.
  • Not to take a single second for granted. Each moment is a gift and wishing for the next one robs us from what is right now.
  • No matter how busy life gets, there is always time for what is important to us. It’s all about prioritizing.
  • Spending quality time with family & friends is one of the most healing, energizing, and healthy ways to spend your time, emotionally, physically, and mentally.
  • Perseverance builds strength & character. Walking through the tough times, instead of running from them, yields worthwhile results.
  • The biggest lessons and greatest peace come from the hardest trials.
  • Taking a time-out is healthy and okay.
  • Completing what needs to be done, even though we don’t want to, making the best of it anyway, is fulfilling and rewarding.
  • It is possible to balance family, a day job, a writing career, and live a Christian life. All it takes is mindfulness of how time is spent.
  • We can either focus on the problem or the blessings. Choose blessings.
  • Perseverance and mindfulness are beneficial in all areas of life.
  • Focusing on self too much creates dissatisfaction and discomfort.
  • Silence truly is golden. Talking too much in a conversation or thinking about your response when listening to someone else, robs both people. It’s okay not to talk unless you have something valuable to add. Talking just to “fill a gap” is usually harmful.
  • Fear doesn’t change the process or the outcome. It does, however, hurt productivity and the way we perform.
  • Gossip is toxic to the person being talked about, to the person doing the talking, and person talked to.
  • Pressing “pause” to fully nurture relationships that are important is one of the greatest blessings.
  • Not taking things personally makes life a whole lot more enjoyable!
  • We can’t change anyone else’s behaviors nor should we try. Others’ behaviors are not about you and me, and that realization is freeing!

Have you learned anything in 2019 that you will bring with you into 2020? Please share.

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” ―C. S. Lewis

 

Valuable and Timely Lessons

Jesus Calling

After reading my daily devotional this morning and while searching for the suggested scripture readings, I came across another devotion by Sarah Young in my Bible (Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, Enjoying Peace in His Presence) that spoke directly to my heart. I don’t believe it was mere coincidence that this particular devotion came to my attention or that I stumbled upon it by accident, but rather that I was led to it. Because it was exactly what I needed to hear at the exact time I needed to hear it.

“To live in My presence consistently, you must expose and expel your rebellious tendencies. When something interferes with your plans or desires , you tend to resent the interference.”

That resentment only builds upon itself like building blocks carelessly and unsteadily piled one upon the other. How often I try to hide my misbehavior from the One who sees and knows all, every hair on my head. That I even think I can is delusional in and of itself. The slippery slope of a lie leads to yet another, and another…

I need not hide in shame at my behaviors and less-than-loving attitude, but bask in the glow of His forgiveness, and to seek His intervention in removing the splinter from my heart.

Isaiah

It also reads: “The ultimate solution to rebellious tendencies is submission to My authority over you…the best response to losses or thwarted hopes is praise: The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

I am not entitled to anything I have. All I have are blessings from an amazing God who blesses me beyond my wildest dreams. May I praise Him this day for all He has given me, and all He will give me. I am truly blessed.

“When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.” C.S. Lewis

Wishing you peace today.

Namaste.