We don’t like discomfort and difficulties but too often, the greatest lessons in life we learn best and remember always are those we learn with utter pain.
I didn’t expect that this year would turn out the way it did. I love planning but due to several unexpected incidents, I’m learning to become even more flexible and open to possibilities – whatever they are and wherever they may happen.
I’m nonetheless grateful for the many surprises and challenges that stirred me. Because of these, I hope, I am a better man.
These are the significant lessons I learned this year…the hard way:
- Faith cannot be proven genuine without taking risks.
- Conquering new territories require conquering one’s self. Courage and character, not only talent, will take you far.
- Some situations will get worst first before they get better.
- Desperate situations often bond people closer like nothing else can.
- Friends are like foes. Both wound deeply.
- Often, you must get really close to a friend only to fully know an adversary.
- Hurt people hurt others. Loved people love others.
- Love isn’t always sweeter the second time around. Because sometimes, it actually doesn’t deserve a second chance.
- Feelings are fickle yet people still use it as sole basis for love-related decisions.
- Surprisingly, people may still use you or abuse you despite your good intentions.
- Gratitude is not an emotion, it’s a skill. It summons to be practiced daily.
- You don’t get over grieving from a loved one’s death. You just learn to live with it.
- Though it may take you a lifetime to nourish and flourish your family, it’s always worth your love and efforts.
Robert Schuller’s book says “Tough Times Never Last But Tough People Do.” I strongly believe that I’m tougher now because of the tough times I went through this year.
And because I intend to live my legacy, my game plan for next year? Don’t just merely fight to survive…but thrive!
Question: What one important lesson did 2013 leave you with?