What are my top achievements for 2021? This is a long list but mine it bore you with all the details. Here are my two –
One – I transformed my body and health. AND I maintained it. I AM 45 pounds lighter than this time last year. My weight has been fairly steady for the last 8 months.
Two – I navigated the transition to an empty nester. This was more challenging than anticipated. It impacted all aspects of life. It impacted home because things we quiet. The energy of youth is gone. It impacted professional. Though I love my current career, it’s less fulfilling because of the empty nest syndrome. It impacted my marriage. My wife and I spend more time together – just the two of us. This hasn’t happened since our dating days.
In closing, I wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.
I continue to reflect on the year that is 2021. I learned and relearned important lessons. Here a just a few things I learned this year:
- There is more commality among humans than diversity. Focus on what we have in common.
- Do not assume the worst in people. Most people are trying to their best.
- Making small changes each day will lead to big changes over time. Example: In Week 1, run (or walk) one mile. In week 2, add 300 feet (approximately the length of a football field). Add 300 more feet each week. After a year, you will run nearly four miles.
- Discover, understand, and live your values. This is the hardest of the four listed. It takes time to discover what you value, what that value means to you, and why you value it. It is a greater challenge to live your values.
- Read for fun.
Take some time to ponder your own personal lessons of 2021. Consider what you learned and how the lessons impacted your life.