November 11th 2020. Here we are again. This year has not been what I expected at all. As a matter of fact, it has not been what any of us expected from 2020. But perhaps more than any other year, today I am truly grateful to be alive. I am grateful for my health, for my financial and mental stability. I am grateful for the many good things that have happened in these past 365 days. I am even grateful for the few days of the year that were lows for me, because at the end of the day, they have also proven to be valuable lessons.
In a true COVID-19 fashion, there was a zoom celebration. I feel also very grateful, and lucky, for my team at work. They are really great!
Without further adieu, and to continue the tradition, here’s the list of things I learned this year:
- Friends—good friends—are really worth a thousand rubies!
- We all need help every now and then and this reaching out for it is nothing to be ashamed of.
- Never cry in front of your boss.
- How to roast a chicken.
- Bite your tongue before speaking with a hot head.
- It’s important to do well in this life, but it is more important and of more transcendence, to do good.
- Don’t trust people who belittle others when in private.
- Respect is earned. It you need to make people respect you, you have already lost it.
- Life is unexpected… enjoy the little things!
- Be grateful, and never ever complain again about doing grocery shopping.
- A kind word can make a difference.
- Life is not fair.
- Don’t fall into the comparison game, you’ll seldom end up winning.
- Sing. And do it loudly and proudly.
- You need someone to be in your corner. Don’t sub-estimate the power of an ally.
- Never prioritize a problem over a person.
- Build your social capital at work, but do it selflessly and without an agenda.
- No matter who you are, the way you treat people does not go unnoticed.
- Exercise does make you happy. It just does.
- You never know how much you can love a dog until you have one.
- Food storage is important.
- Do no harm, but take no sh*t.
- We have a living prophet in this latter days.
- The way you allocate your time, shows you your true priorities.
- Define what is worth dying for.
- Life is short. As overused as the phrase might be, life is truly short. I hope that from this day onward, I never take it for granted.