3 Major Lessons to Bring In the New Year9:18 AM
-Craig D. Lounsbrough
My past year was awesome. Epic. Historical. It was not perfect, but I LOVE it.
And I learned a lot with it.
Here are 3 major lessons I will bring with me in the new year:
3 Major Lessons to Bring In the New Year
Don’t wait for other people.Don’t wait for other people to apologize before you decide to move on. Some people are too proud to admit they have wronged you. If you wait for them to ask for forgiveness, you might spend your whole life waiting, and holding on to grudge. Don’t wait for other people to right the wrongs in your life.
"Life is easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got."
In the same way, don't wait for other people to accept your apology before you move on. If you have asked for forgiveness and they still won't accept it, make peace with yourself and get on with life. The important thing is knowing that you did your part.
Don't wait for other people to be available to accompany you. If you want to visit museums, see local places, visit cities or try something new and nobody's free to come with you, go and do it yourself. It's not their bucket list you're ticking. It's yours.
Allow yourself to be really, really, REALLY happy.I did that this year. I allowed myself enjoy life more. I let myself learn new things. I met with and listened to people who are more experienced than I am.
I made peace with my past. I forgave the people who hurt me, and most of all, I forgave myself for selling myself short. I chose to forgive, to let go of the could-have-been, and released the negative emotions and toxic thoughts I held on for so long.
I accepted the things that I could not change, I surrendered to God those which I could not control, and though I worry sometimes, I have learned to let things be.
I did more of what makes me happy and gave up those that does not. I wrote more regularly. I read more books. Unlike before, I stop reading books that bore me instead of painfully trying to finish the story. I go out more often to meet friends and nourish my relationships.
I have learned to stop chasing people who do not make an effort to meet me halfway. I shower my love and time instead to those who value me. Life is too short to spend with people who don't appreciate you.
I surround myself with encourager, believers and dreamers who act on their dreams and avoid those who drain me. It is not easy especially when you work in a place where you meet all kinds of people, but if you are determined to protect your happiness and nourish your well-being, you learn the art of shaking off negativity fast.
Allow yourself to be really, really, really happy. For all that you went through and for all the hard work you put into what you do, that’s the least that you deserve.
Everything is a decision.Your life today is the result of the decisions you have made in the past. The life you dream of will come true if you decide now to make it happen. I have made decisions in the past that I am glad I did. I also have made bad decisions that I sometimes regret.
My only consolation now is that I have learned from them and the consequences made me better. I would not have become the person that I am now if not for them, and I could not imagine myself otherwise.
Every single thing in your life happens and results from the decisions you make every single time.
Great relationships don’t just happen, you decide to make it happen. You decide to love even when you wake up and the people you love are not their usual lovable selves. You decide to forgive and compromise to save the relationship.
You do not become an overnight success. You decide to study and master your craft. You decide to learn more about your field. You decide to pick yourself up after you fail, even if you fail multiple times.
Your addiction will not stop ruining your life unless you decide to put an end to it.
You decide to be financially free. Your debts will not just go away. Your future will not secure itself. You decide today how your tomorrow will become.
There may be goals in the past year that you wish you had accomplished. It is never too late to pursue them again. Trials are inevitable, but you can avoid falling into the same mistakes and failures if you bring the lessons you have learned from the past.
You can make this year better.
I know I can. These 3 major lessons will help me make that happen.
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