Wednesday, December 23, 2015

15 lessons of 2015

  1. Great accomplishments may be followed by great disappointments. If I hang in there, I will eventually make sense of it all.  
  2. I can have an argument now or I can wait and have a conversation later. I wrote a blog post about this. You can read it here. 
  3. Organization is not my spiritual gift but it is a vessel of sanity in my life. 
  4. I can survive being mistreated by others. I can't tell how many times I was mistreated, talked about and plain fussed at. I can survive all that. None of that mess affected my sense of worth or value. The main reason why I don't lash back is because of Who I represent. 
  5. I'm okay with your dysfunction. Mostly because we all have our own type of dysfunction. I learned to be okay with other people's dysfunction while I'm in control of my own behavior. 
  6. There are other ways of communicating other than my voice. I also learned that in order to be heard when you have no voice, you have to build trust when you do have a voice. This is literal because I lost my voice a couple of times. Read "how to save your voice" here.
  7. Pride is not a problem if you are constantly in a place where you have to learn the lessons of humbleness. I just didn't have this luxury this year. 
  8. Not everyone wants to hear you. We all learn how to ask "how are you" out of politeness but few have time to hear someone else's heart. 
  9. No is a complete sentence. I should use it more often. 
  10. Time is the best gift. I appreciate the people who gave me their gift of time. 
  11. Material things aren't a substitute for good relationship skills. I haven't blogged about this one because it is still brewing.
  12. I can always, always reach out and help someone else. We all have what it takes. I've had a lot of bad days this year when I thought I didn't have anything to give. After I took a deep breath, I learned that I always have something to give. 
  13. When opportunity shows up, you better be ready. I choose to believe that doing ordinary things will prepare us for extraordinary opportunities. 
  14. 2 Corinthians 3:5 was my confession during my January marathon and it has stayed with me throughout the whole year. I had to say "my sufficiency is from God" out loud a lot. Whether I felt like I was fighting bad feelings projected toward me or whether I was fighting my own stinking thinking, this truth has helped me put a lot of things in perspective. 
  15. I have a lot of offer and I'm not embarrassed of it. For 20 years, during different seasons in life, I have encountered forces that go against what God has placed in me. God in His grace has also blessed me with people who look me in the eye and remind me of who I am in Him. I am forever grateful for these few and precious people. 
Because honesty is a habit around here, I will tell you that I battled with the decision to publish this post. I hope that this lessons are encouraging to you. All of these were learned the hard way but glory to God, I am moving forward feeling the Father has a plan and purpose for me and I will do what it takes to cooperate with Him. Thanks for reading my friend!

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