As the year winds down, it is useful to pause and reflect. What lessons did you learn this year? To anyone who desires to grow and evolve, allowing key lessons to sink in and become a part of your character is essential. Learning happens when you repeat your experiences to yourself. Here is what I learned in 2017.
The Buddha was not joking when he said “Life is Difficult.” However, he also taught us that you could make your life as difficult or easy as you want it to be. The key lies in how you respond to events in your life. Therefore, resilience is the key to survival, and if you manage to survive, you may even succeed. Keeping your emotions in check is vital to maintaining a balanced view of life. Feelings consume energy, and unless the feeling has been productive in some way, that energy is better used in addressing your issues instead.
Whenever life is complicated, our typical reaction is to complain. Complaining does not change anything and just makes you spiral into a state of negativity and self-loathing. Instead be in a state of flow, where you allow your life to flow through you, good or bad, and not let anything to settle within you. The only reality is in the present moment, the single dimension in which you exercise any control, if at all. Do not waste your NOW by focusing on the past or the future as neither dimension is real and more importantly, not within your grasp. There are no limitations in life to what you can do. Human beings have repeatedly demonstrated this by climbing mountains with prosthetic legs, running marathons or sitting in the sub-zero temperatures wearing nothing at all. Your limitations are what you set for yourself; so set yourself free.
Finally, write what you want to accomplish, even if that is spending more time with your mother. Writing stuff down combined with the ability to focus on that task with single-minded focus and devotion will probably end up making 2018 a lot like what you wish for it to be. If it doesn’t c’est la vie, what will be will be. Happy 2018!
Thanks immensely to the 80,000 readers from 122 countries who graced my life by reading my work. Also, thanks to a dear friend for teaching me many of the lessons I described above.