“Take time to reflect—what you caught, what you let go—Lessons Learned in 2011!”
Wow! 2011 is almost over…what a year it’s been!
As this year draws to an end, I feel the need to reflect on the good that has happened this year!
It’s important to take inventory of how the year unfolded, what it produced and how it left you better than when you started 2011!
At the beginning of 2011, I was still dealing with very present and regular heart attack symptoms.
I have been healed since end of January, with my cardiologist attesting that “it’s like he never had a heart attack—no damage to his heart!”
At the beginning of 2011, I had a broken relationship with an old friend from church.
Through the course of email, we have healed that relationship and “herald and rabboni” are close supportive friends once again!
At the beginning of 2011, I thought that I would not be seeing my aunt Ciria make it to her 80th birthday in July.
She not only made it, we had this BIG surprise party for her, and she told me she “made a lifetime memory today!” – she went to heaven 2 months later!
At the beginning of 2011, I wondered where an old high school friend who literally saved my life was—I felt this heartfelt need to thank her.
Through the wonder of Facebook, my wife found her and her son, my godson, and they are now active members of my “Family” like time never passed!
At the beginning of 2011, I didn’t even know someone was out there looking for me; She asked one thing for her 72nd birthday—find Alan!
Through the wonder of social networking, her children found me and in February, I was the surprise guest of her party and now Mama Mamie is my mom!
At the beginning of 2011, I didn’t know that I would write and finish my first novel “One Unexpected Event!”
Through the unexpected moment of turning a corner in Plant City while strolling my grandson through McCall Park in January, a novel was born!
All these good things happened in 2011, and my life is forever changed because they happened!
But we have to take inventory of the bad also…so we can learn from it…remember it’s a lesson, not a mistake, if you learn from it!
At the beginning of 2011, I had no idea that I would get a call on 1.1.11 that would shake my world to its core and challenge my faith and family.
Through dealing with the aftermath of this revelation, it has strengthened my faith and weakened my family.
I know that all things happen for a reason—but some things, you just have to shake your head and go “Really? I don’t get this! Are you sure?”
POINTS2PONDER Why do so many people just meander year after year, never taking inventory of the lessons learned in a single year so they can grow from the
Experiences, add the value to their lives and attempt to apply the knowledge to produce a better result in the upcoming year? Why not take stock of your year?
So friend…here’s your homework—Take stock of your 2011—Take an inventory of the good and the bad—Reflect on what you’ve learned and how you’ve grown!
It’s important to know what this year taught you, brought you…before you go into next year!
So for this moment, don’t look to next year, reflect on this year…and Learn the Lesson it was trying to teach you!
I call it “Hurdle 18!”
Hurdle 18, you might ask?
Yep…I think life is a relay race, full of hurdles along the way, each one taking what you learned in the last one and…increasing the difficulty in the next one.
You fail hurdle 18—some people just give up, sit on the sideline and watch others run the race.
When you’re ready to run…
Hurdle 18 is waiting for you!
Gotta get through it BEFORE you get to 19!
Can’t finish the race til you go through all the hurdles!