Happy New Year dear readers from around the world. It’s time to reflect back and look ahead.
As I explained in my Christmas Day post, 2019 was a tough year for me. In fact, in many ways it was horrible. I endured more calamity than many will ever endure, especially those who are not self-employed. If you knew the specifics, you would know that I am not exaggerating.
But I look ahead to 2020 today, not backwards. While looking backwards is helpful in some respects, it can represent a crippling roadblock to progress and inner peace. The past is in the past.
So first let me stop and count my blessings. A wonderful wife and precious son. Family, friends, and faith. Shelter over my head, food in my stomach, clothes on my back. And wisdom.
On that last point, we know that hindsight is always 20:20, but in 2020 I hope to use that wisdom and discernment, often learned the hard way, to improve my decisionmaking for the future. Logically, as we grow older and grow in wisdom, we can begin to approach 20:20 vision in the way in which we make decisions and interact with others.
I’m thankful for the ease of which I can travel. Christmas was spent in Los Angeles and New Year’s in Germany. We spent a couple days in London in between. Travel also sharpens your vision of yourself and the world, building discernment almost naturally.
As I seek to care for my family, grow my businesses, and appreciate life in 2020, it all starts with the paradox of trust.
Trust I extended was violated in 2019. The logical response might be to simply stop trusting. But that is no way to live life; that is a recipe to be miserable.
I know that because I have been miserable. For months.
Change won’t happen overnight. But as I look back on the past, I know that trust is a life-giving spring. When trust is cut off, so many other areas of life are not properly cared for.
As we embark upon a new year, I know I am a wiser, shrewder person: the scars of the past prove it. But I will not stop trusting. I cannot stop trusting.
What does all of this have to do with Live and Let’s Fly? My mood, my feelings, and my desires invariably spill over into this blog. In 2020, I hope to offer—better than ever before—engaging content presented with a thoughtful perspective that is marked by honesty, realism, and yet a pursuit of reconciliation.
Happy New Year.