As January 1, 2021 fast approached, I was almost giddy about ringing in the New Year. "Bye bye 2020! I never want to think about you again!" Then a friend of mine challenged my thinking. And after some soul searching, I have since done an about-face and decided that I never want to forget 2020.
As much as I don't like pain or being uncomfortable, if I'm honest with myself, some of my greatest personal growth and important life lessons were forged through the fire. To refine gold, you heat it up to its boiling point so the impurities rise to the top to be discarded. 2020 definitely brought a lot of heat, pain and uncertainty.
Here are some things I learned in 2020 that I want to make sure I never forget:
- Relationships matter. We were created for community.
- Isolation is not healthy. No man is an island. See point #1.
- Life is too busy. I need to slow down and start saying "no" to more things. See point #1.
- I really love my wife and kids and we enjoy being together. I really miss my friends. I need to be more intentional about spending time with them in the future. See point #1
- I need to be intentional and interruptible. Loving people isn't always convenient (it's usually the opposite). See point #1.
- Work to live. Don't live to work. When I'm on my deathbed, I'm not going to look back and wish I had spent more time at the office or closed more deals. See point #1.
It feels great to start a new year and put last year behind me, and I suspect you may feel the same way. Let’s look forward to 2021 with great anticipation, but don't forget to glance back in the 2020 rear-view mirror to make sure we don't forget the lessons learned from the hard times.
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