What have I learned? A lot. When did I learn them? Every day! I’ve decided to turn every experience into a teachable moment. This way, whenever I’m excited, morose or frustrated, I won’t waste my emotions by not taking something out of the situation.
Some lessons are easy to imbibe;others require humility to accept. Just like exam papers, until you pass them,you have no choice but to retake them. As long as we keep failing to learn the lessons hidden in the various situations we find ourselves in, we will continue to face them.
#1. It’s okay to cry.
I know at most times, we tell ourselves to be strong and push down the negative feelings and wade off the negative energy around us. But I’ve come to learn that, it’s equally necessary to face and deal with those feelings head on. Sometimes, that means crying your heart out and releasing the pent-up feelings inside. It hurts to cry as that means you’re admitting all is not well. After crying, I feel like a heavy burden has lifted off my shoulders and I can breathe better. For me, it is an honest moment for me to come to terms with what I’m dealing with it and surrender it all to God.
Complaining and being disgruntled only makes you bitter. I rather let it go and let God.
#2. Treat people right
People can be unbearable sometimes; being nosy, annoying, provocative, you name it. But the value of people can never be overestimated. It’s not about connecting with people just because of the benefits you stand to gain with the association. Make the effort to actually groom the relationships so they know you actually do care about their welfare. Considering the personality amongst others, you may have to draw the line longer or shorter for some people just to have your peace of mind.
#3. Pour your heart into whatever you do
The difference between work done fairly and one done well is the heart behind it. People may not fully appreciate the effort put into it but God sees. That in itself is a learning moment. You learn how to do something so well such that it becomes a skill people respect you for.
What lessons has 2018 taught you? Kindly share and thanks for reading.
© Josephine Amoako 2018