Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Things I Learned in 2008

  1. If you overextend yourself there is nothing left in the tank. Saying yes to everything at work, makes me very successful at work but it means I sacrifice my personal life.
  2. Greatness is attainable – as witnessed by the Beijing Olympics and the triumphs of Michael Phelps and Dara Torres. I don’t have their athletic ability nor do I really want it – but they set goals for themselves which others ridiculed and deemed impossible and then they rose to the challenge. Just because my dreams and goals are lofty that does not mean they are not attainable.
  3. Ask for help. I still have a hard time with this one, but when you reach out to others they can often surprise you by their compassion and love.
  4. Enjoy the moment. This year I was able to attend performances by individuals I didn’t think would ever happen – George Michael and The New Kids on the Block. I am a huge fan of both and to be able to see them in the same year doing what they love and excelling at it - is thrilling. They feel like older brothers to me, and I have loved cheering as I have seen them grow and become more successful. The soundtrack to some of my most cherished memories of my childhood and adolescent years is their music.
  5. Be silly. I got to spend time with each of my nieces and nephews this year. I love that as we played together we could just be silly and there is such joy to be had in looking at life through the eyes of a child. I can understand when parent say that watching their child succeed is far better than if they had achieved it themselves. Watching my nieces and nephews reaction to different events and activities was more exciting to me than my actual participation in the event.
  6. Do things that you aren't good at. I often only participate in activities and hobbies where I can succeed. The only way we can really grow is to go out on a limb and try something different. It is through doing something poorly that we can experience the real thrill of success and accomplishment. I painted my first picture this year and began to write my first book. Neither would be considered a triumph by the world, but by pushing myself I inspired myself again.
  7. Always make goals. I am a goal setter, but I am not always a goal finisher. I am working on keeping my goals more attainable and realistic. My book writing taught me how I can structure my time more efficiently. Although I didn't finish it in 30 days, it will be done soon and that is a huge breakthrough.
  8. Say thanks. As the financial world was crumbling this fall I started to directly focus on all the great things I have been blessed with. My father in heaven has been generous to me. Far more than I deserve most of the time. My blessings are more abundant than my trials.
  9. Remember. I am terrible at journal writing, email writing, letter writing, and any kind of writing. Although I credit myself with a good memory I don't remember everything. The process of writing a blog this year has been a good reminder to me to reflect and remember my life. It is only through writing down all the blessings I talked about in point eight that we can really see the guidance and support from god and others in our lives.

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