One of the most valuable things we can do this time of year is reflect on lessons learned. As the quote from Socrates goes, the unexamined life is not worth living. Val and I have both felt the pangs of growing pains, that we are nearing transition. As 2016 arrives and I shift to marketing my current book project, I feel the tension of expectation.
Looking back, this year has carried with it many valuable lessons.
From Carter-When you have a chance, run.
From Aiden-Sometimes nothing is better than a snuggle on the couch under a blanket while you watch Tumble Leaf.
From Val-Your heart can grow big enough to handle the stresses of life.
From Hazel, my grandmother who was called home to heaven to be with my grandfather this year-Be prepared. A gallon of fresh homemade iced tea can go far.
From our pastor, Bryan Koch, and the story of his accident-You can worship in the midst of pain, stand in the midst of sorrow, and offer grace and hope when it seems that none are possible.
From the friends and colleagues I’ve met working on the book-Never underestimate the power of unity, service, selfless love, and the drive of people working to make a difference.
From my dad-Always say, “I love you” before you hang up the phone.
From my mom-Know what you are having for dinner.
From the kids I’ve helped coach in baseball and basketball-We all get a chance to hit or take the shot, when it is your time be sure to make it count.
From God-You are never alone.
What was your greatest lesson this year?