Thank you 2020…

“I think the only answer is to live life to the fullest while you can and collect memories like fools collect money. Because in the end, that’s all you have – happy memories.”

Sarah Strohmeyer

Typically the beginning of a new year is a time of excitement and promise. This year there is a general “I’m just glad 2020 is over” sentiment in the air. While 2020 was a year filled with challenges, sadness, fear, and a host of other negative emotions, to view the entire year through a negative lens is shortsighted.  

Believe it or not, good things did occur. Positive teachings happened, and many great lessons were learned. 2020 was a year where many seeds of positive change were planted, and those seeds will take root and grow for years.  

Instead of merely celebrating the end of a challenging year, perhaps a better use of time would be to reflect on what happened this year for which we can be grateful. What did you learn? How are you healthier? Where have you added new skills? What great new things are you now prepared to embrace fully?  

Questions like these are how you can take the challenges put before you and emerge 20X more powerful than before. 2021 is going to be an incredible year BECAUSE of 2020 and the challenges you overcame.  

Relish the good that happened in 2020 and lean into those lessons so that 2021 can truly become an incredible year.

Plant the right seeds…

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”

Charles Swindoll

Whether you have children or not you will make deposits in the lives of others today, and every day, through your words, behaviors and actions. If you are thankful and grateful, they will be too. If you are harsh and judgmental, then those are the memories you are building for others. You can’t control what others think about you, but you can control the seeds of those memories and how they are planted.

Today, and every day, be intentional in the deposits that you make, for someday you will only exist as a memory. Do you want those memories to be impactful or forgettable?

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