What 2013 taught me – the customary lessons learned post

I can’t believe 2013 is already over (I say this every year don’t I?!). This year has been a heck of a ride – the good, the bad, the great and the ugly – all packed into one little package called the year 2013. I learned some pretty darn deep lessons this year and I think they’re worth sharing.

lessons-learned

  1. Embrace change. Change is life. Things you have today will be gone tomorrow. People you are with today won’t be there in the future. Situation that you are in today, will not exist tomorrow. Remember – This too shall pass.
  2. Be patient. Things don’t always work out the way you expect them to. But in the end they work out for the highest good of everyone.
  3. Living out of a suitcase can sound adventurous, but you can only do it for so long.
  4. Listen to your body. Our bodies talk to us, and more often than not we ignore the signs. At least until it breaks down, gets fatigued or sick. Listen to what your body is trying to tell you and give it what it wants – exercise, rest, nutrition whatever it is. That’s the only true instrument you will ever really own. Take care of it.
  5. This moment is your life – Enjoy it. If you’re not having fun, don’t do it. Spend time with friends and family. Make time for yourself, your hobbies and things that matter to you. Memories are made by people, not things. Read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  6. What you do every day is what matters. Long term goals are great. But if you don’t act on them a little every day, they don’t really matter. Take a small step everyday that will take you just a little bit closer to your goal. And most importantly, enjoy the journey.
  7. Stop trying to be in control. You can’t control the traffic. You can’t control who your family is. You can’t control how your coworkers act. Stop getting annoyed by the things that you have no control over. The only thing you have full control over is you – your responses, your attitude, your thoughts.
  8. Be grateful for everything you have today.
  9. Love and forgive unconditionally with all your heart.
  10. Your attitude is what defines the situation. We all have heard this one before. I heard this story somewhere – You walk into your patio and see a little bee humming around minding its own business. There are two ways you can look at this situation:
    1. You look at the bee and you freak out about how it can sting you and you can have a swollen face because of that and how that will make you look weird at the party you are going to next week. You are terrified and your moment is ruined. OR
    2. You can be reminded of the gorgeous garden the bee might have come from, the beautiful flowers and the chirping birds; and the moment turns into a peaceful one.

While you dealt with your thoughts (option i or ii), the bee is still humming and floating around unaware of what you think about it. That’s how the situations are – they are just events – you choose to define them as good or bad.

What were some of the things you learned in 2013?

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