20 things I learned in 2010

  1. Things are not always as they seem. Rarely, in fact.
  2. When God changes your plans, it is best not to argue.
  3. Material possessions will not make you a happier person, just a person with more material possessions.
  4. Fame has the potential to be gravely destructive.
  5. Prudence saves you a lot of headache — and heartache.
  6. Don’t underestimate people. Or overestimate them. In fact, it’s probably best not to assign a value to anyone at all, because you’re just a person, too.
  7. The pen is mightier than the text message.
  8. Courage is easy to talk about, but difficult to acquire.
  9. Hard as it may be sometimes, the world doesn’t halt to accommodate one person’s trials or difficulties. At some point, you’ve just got to keep calm and carry on, because infecting other people with your anger or frustration is never the solution.
  10. Difficult things happen in relationships — a person might never forgive, apologize, or reconcile. But love doesn’t try to even the score.
  11. It is very, very easy to make someone’s life much better with just a few words. (In the words of the great sage Winnie the Pooh: “A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.”)
  12. “No one ever became poor by giving.” — Anne Frank
  13. My mother can outrun me by 22.2 miles.
  14. But I can run a few miles, which I couldn’t do at the beginning of the summer. Which means that anyone can.
  15. There is a time when it is right to let go of something and leave it in the past.
  16. Choose your confidantes carefully.
  17. Sometimes you must triage. There is a fine line between important and crucial.
  18. The unseen is more real than the seen.
  19. In making a decision, there is always a good, better, and best option.
  20. “The time is always right to do what is right.”

What have you learned these past 12 months?


4 thoughts on “20 things I learned in 2010

  1. This year i learned that:

    1) God teaches me things when I least expect Him to.
    2) Having grace under fire is possible.
    3) The best things in life are often the smallest.
    4) School can be blissful.
    5) My parents are my strongest allies.
    6) Political campaigns are not always organized.
    7) Sometimes it is best to just drop an issue.
    8) Sometimes life does not go according to our plans.
    (In fact, life rarely goes according to our plans.)
    9) Leadership can take many different forms.
    10) I have amazing friends.

    Noelle, your number seventeen sounds alot like a line from the movie “Come What May.” Have you seen it?

  2. I hardly feel worthy to say anything after reading your list Noelle… but some of the things God taught me this past year:

    1)To judge others is to pass judgment on yourself. I am a finite human, and my judgments will never be fair, so don’t even think about it(or as you said so eloquently, “it’s probably best not to assign a value to anyone at all, because you’re just a person, too.”)
    2)As a Christian, I am called to be a leader. A leader who is not bold will have no one following for long.
    3)”You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
    4)God’s Word is truly a treasure-trove, and I don’t always have the eyes to see it.
    5)The Holy Spirit does way more than I give Him credit for.
    6)God doesn’t always do His work with bolts of lightning and great storms. Sometimes it is in a still, small voice, and a gentle drizzle…
    7)Faith and Trust are more than just feelings; They are actions.
    8)The fellowship of great friends (especially my brothers and sisters in Christ) is to be greatly cherished.
    9)God is truly great. I am truly unworthy. Salvation is a great thing, and undeserved.
    10)I have a long way to go…

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