Some Things I Learned This Year

2020 was a rough year for everyone. But I did learn some things that I hope I’ll remember going forward. Things I wished I had learned earlier. In no particular order and with no implied application beyond me ….

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful. Be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year. It’s the struggle of a lifetime.” (Rep. John Lewis)

Yoga really is an amazing healing practice. And intentional breathing really can work wonders. (thank, Yoga with Adrienne and Yoga with Kassandra!)

Don’t give your work more than your work will give you. And your work will only give you what it absolutely must. Don’t trust that you giving more at work means you’ll ever get more.

One bad apple does indeed spoil the whole barrel. And when that bad apple is removed, it will leave behind rot. The remaining apples in the barrel won’t be the same again.

Delicata squash is the best squash. All squash is good. But it’s the best.

You’re going to screw up. You’ve likely already screwed up something today. Accept that, learn from it, move forward, be smarter in the future.

If you’re going to write, you need to block out time to write. Big old chunks of time with absolutely nothing else to do. Enough time for staring at the screen and saying “wrrrriiiiiiiiittttteeeeee” when nothing is coming out.

Dolly Parton is the best public example of a Christian.

“Tell the truth to yourself and the rest will fall in place” (The Avett Brothers)

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