It’s been one heckuva week.
Recent events have prompted me to reflect on pivotal truths I’ve learned during my lifetime:
- Things will not always be how I want them to be.
- Each human is unique. No two people have the exact same life experience, interests, and perspectives–not even identical twins.
- Some people willingly accept a new concept. Some require more explanation or evidence before they’ll believe. And some will never accept.
- People will rarely change their minds about something that is an essential part of their core beliefs.
- An event or experience can create a wide range of emotions in different people, or even in the same person.
- I can’t know precisely what another person is thinking or feeling unless we communicate about it.
- Some problems are far more complex than I realize.
- I must save my energies for things I can change, and let the rest go.
- I cannot control the universe. Not even a little bit. (Cancer taught me this.)
Sometimes the weight of these truths seems overwhelming. When that happens, I try to focus on other truths I’ve learned:
- Holding on to anger is bad for my health. Let it go.
- I can choose to be happy.
- In each day there is always one good thing, however small.
- Practice gratitude. Life is a gift.
- The sun will rise tomorrow. I get to try again.
May we all find our best selves, and, someday soon, learn to live together in peace.