Ten life lessons learned from the Aughts

Fighting the good fight

Fighting the good fight.

When I look back on the last ten years, I feel like I have just finished some sort of insane endurance race. I feel all grubby, like I have been down in the trenches, rolling around in the dirt. It’s been a decade like no other. And although I think of it as a decade full of strife, anti-intellectualism, and conspicuous consumption, there have been some amazing developments as well. I shall be forever changed for the better by this decade. So before we roll into 2010, I reflect on the big lessons I learned from the Naughts.

Things that I have learned the hard way:

  1. If something is not working, try something different.
  2. There is no arrival at the destination, only journey. Be here now.
  3. You can choose anger or love.
  4. Always looking forward and up, don’t look back, don’t look down.
  5. Reach out to those around you. It’s not easy, but it’s always worth it.
  6. Stop waiting for a sign. This is the sign. Everything is a sign. Once you loose the distractions and start paying attention, you will see them everywhere.
  7. Space can be the best thing you can give situations and relationships.
  8. You don’t have to say something every time. In fact, it’s usually best to say less. And often the most powerful act is to say nothing.
  9. Find reasons to celebrate and make the most of occasions. Small acts feel grand. Use the nice dishes, wear the clothes you are saving for the good stuff.
  10. Every day offers you many opportunities to be kind and compassionate. Extend courtesy and respect to those around you. It will change the world we live in.

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