Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Lessons Learned

Today's post is prompted by the Tuesday meme - Heads or Tails. Today, the prompt is "Three Things" - Three Things learned in 2008.

While pondering this, I came up with quite a few three's ... the number three happens to be an important one for me. I was married on the 3rd day of the 3rd month. My son weighed 3 lbs 3 oz when he was born ... my birth month and day is 1/11 (three ones ... adding up to three) ... you get the idea.

Back to lessons learned in 2008.

1. Perseverance: I finished a full marathon on January 13, 2008. That's 26.2 miles of sheer will and perseverance - especially when you don't run fast (at all). At mile 22.5, when I had to start walking so that I could use what energy I had left to convince myself that I could actually go another 4 miles - what is another 4 miles anyway, after you've already run/walked 22? It was a test of will, mind over matter, determination ... and a touch of insanity. But the lesson is this ... when the road is not so well marked, has a lot of hills, and seems just a bit too long, you have the opportunity to identify your true intent (why did you choose this route, where are you really going, and what will you do when you get there). If nothing else, my lesson is that perseverance has provided me with a chance to think ... sort out the whys, wheres, and whats - without focusing on the hows.

2. Appreciation: This one is an offshoot of the first. Not just the marathon, but there were so many challenges this year (trying to grow a financial business in a down economy, health issues, employment challenges, client relationship opportunities, plumbing woes - just to name a few). Perseverance led to an appreciation not only of accomplishments, but also of the journey itself. Being able to look back to see how far I came, that I was actually able to stick it out, see things through ... even if they did not end the way I would have preferred - provided me with the opportunity to look at things through a different perspective and appreciate the opportunities for what they were and appreciate my friends and family for all of their support.

3. Faith: I think of this as the glue that held the first and second points together. Believing that there was a positive aspect of each situation somehow helped sooth the rough edges a bit. Believing that God doesn't give us more than we can handle and that there will be a rainbow made each challenge more navigable somehow. Faith is indeed the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen.

So GOODBYE 2008, thanks for everything and WELCOME 2009! I believe that 2009 will be a great year - I will persevere no matter what, will appreciate the opportunities to learn, and will have faith that everything will work together for good!


7 comments:

Misty Dawn said...

A very inspiring and well written post! Thank you for giving me these things to think about, especially my route and my intent.

Karen said...

Oh! It sounds like you have it pretty much all together.

Lisa - Life is Like a Box of Legos said...

Misty - Thanks for the kind words ...
Karen - How sweet! But, um, no ... if I have it all together, I have definitely forgotten where I put it.

bundleocontradictions said...

One of the most positive posts I've seen! I agree w/ Karen. :)

Anna said...

Excellent post, and lessons we could all stand to learn - however many times it takes.

Tumblewords: said...

Nice post - inspirational and surely positive - Happy 2009 to you!!

Sue said...

Terrific post! And yes inspiring :)