12 Things Learned Reflecting on 2011By: Angela Schaefers Jan 3rd, 2012
Category: Your Story Matters
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- As soon as you commit to something, do it now, the opportunity may not come again.
- Live with and look for integrity in others.
- Remember that every life matters.
- Utilize your time in a way that no matter the outcome you are satisfied with how you spent your time.
- Seek truth. Live truth.
- Watch for goodness, love and opportunity. It can be found when our heart and mind are open.
So, here they are… 12 things learned reflecting on 2011:
- My biggest regret this year was not acting on what I committed to do. Which then caused losing the opportunity, creating a ripple effect of a long term negative impact.
- Others may mean well but sometimes it is hard to find people who are as committed to relationships of mutual respect, honesty and integrity as I am and would like them to be.
- People matter whatever their status in life and regardless of how their life ends. Trey Pennington, social media superstar committed suicide and Stefania Raiola, mother of two young children, lost her life to cancer. Both had a positive, lasting impact on many and were great losses to the world.
- It is easy to ‘believe’ something will happen and not be proactive in case the things offered or promised do not happen. I lost other opportunities while spending time on projects and relationships that never evolved.
- Truth is a continual learning process and it takes courage to live it and see reality versus what ‘seems’ easier to see.
- When I do not think through my actions, acting on emotion or feeling pressured, rather then waiting, I usually make mistakes. Some mistakes are life altering and/or regrets that I will carry with me.
- When I intentionally seek goodness and think of life optimistically, good things happen. Always. And surprisingly.
- Surprises when I least expect them are often the best ones. They can come out of nowhere, like sitting next to just the right person who changes your heart forever.
- Making a decision to let go and move on from something or someone takes courage and faith. It is never easy, but is always worth it. Even when you do not yet know the outcome.
- Living from a place of love without expectations allows for love to ricochet back to you. Sometimes in unexpected ways or from unexpected people.
- When something works but is not always perfectly aligned, hold on and give it time. It is not always necessary to move on, sometimes things just take time to work better.
- I cannot change who others are or how they choose to live their life. I can give my love and care to others but I must be able to let go of personal and professional relationships that are not mutual and no longer or never served me, nor I them in some cases.
What have you learned as you reflect on 2011? We welcome your comments.
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