Many people have been cursing in 2020…I’m not. I’m making a conscious choice to look for the good that came from 2020.
Here is a list of a few that happened in 2020 that gave me a chance to learn-some good learning lessons…some I wish I hadn’t learned…most were gentle reminders.
-I’ve sent more mail and received more. I really hope that continues.
-I’ve treasured time spent with others rather than feeling like I “had” to go.
-We never used to get take out. I actually love take out food now!
-People have been more creative rather than doing the “same old”.
-I love curbside pick-up. What a time saver-especially for groceries.
-I was reminded more than ever that it is not my job to pass judgment on the world. I’ve learned that I don’t need to have a strong “stand your ground” opinion on everything. So many things, I can simply let be because I don’t know the circumstances. I don’t know the details. I was not there. I was not appointed to be on the jury. I don’t need to get worked up about the situation.
-I’ve learned the best Christmas cookies are the ones that aren’t so different. It’s my waffle cookies with white frosting and Christmas sprinkles. I’ve my Chocolate Chip cookies with white chocolate chips and Christmas M&Ms. No need to go through hard work to make things overly fancy.
-I appreciate telehealth. Doctors seem so much more accessible in 2020.
-I’ve learned I love salsa warm, pickles warm, and Bloody Mary mix cold. Once I put salsa in the refrigerator, the chances of me eating it again are nill. Thanks to my brother Jay for helping me realize that.
-I’ve learned that some opinions can never be changed and it’s futile to try to let others see my opinion. Some people are a closed door and I’ve learned I need to accept that. Prudence to know the difference when or when not to give an opinion is important.
-I’ve learned to be more open and say things that are meaningful
-I’ve had friends who I once thought were living “perfect” lives experience some really hard things and it’s made me see that everybody takes their turn in the barrel. I’ve known this but sometimes, when it’s me who’s in the barrel, I didn’t always remember that. I am taking this as a gentle reminder to always try to be kind. I’m taking this as a reminder to not ask “why me?” and to know, it’s just my turn.
-There are somethings I can fix. Some I can’t. It’s important to know the difference.
-I’ve learned to really love cross-stitch again. I’m so thankful for this. Nothing is better than feet up on the couch, Rosie by my side, stitching as a way to end my day.
-I’ve seen some ugly from people I was close to in my life that I didn’t know were ugly. I’m sad that this is true, but also, am thankful that now I know.
-I was reminded that there are so many people in the world who I will never meet but are my friends…I am so pleased to have met so many through the blog this year.
-I’ve learned that a grandma’s heart is big enough to hold MANY!!
-I think I’ve done so much better at seeing what’s truly important. When the world gets a little cut-off, it’s easier to focus on the things that you’re willing to make an effort to get. Those things were my priority.
-I was reminded more than ever that I will be provided for…and provided for in abundance.
-I’ve learned to appreciate silence and to be silent.
-I will work harder for pretty flowers than I will in the vegetable garden.
-I was reminded again and again of what a blessing children are…I’m so thankful to have more of them in my life again.
-I was reminded to change what I can and let go of the rest!
-I appreciate my family more than ever. They never let me feel alone through all of this.
I would love for you all to leave notes in the comment section about things that you experienced, learned, or were reminded of in 2020.
I’m hoping some of the lessons we are about to learn in 2021 aren’t as harsh as some we’ve learned in 2020. I, for one, am pulling up my big girl pants and jumping in. Here’s to 2021!!