I am a prolific notetaker, quote-collector, poem-scribbler and insight-jotter. Over the course of a year, I collect notebook upon notebook of my wanderings, each arbitrarily organized in various ways:
my deepest heartsongs.
my mind chatter depository.
… and then there are the random little field notes that are filled with the wanderings of my days – bits of remembrance and moments of inspiration.
This year has been one of immense learning, of course, as all moments are. Which means a lot of notebooks.
Throughout 2015 I collected a list of truths as I learned them, my first intention being to reflect on what I learned in my 27th year. And then I got caught up in summer, as I almost always do.
And here we are, December 22. At the entrance of winter, celebrating the darkest day and the most beautiful opportunity of inward reflection.
By no means is this list all encompassing nor are these only things I learned this year. Rather, these truths came back to me again, and again, and again. So without further ado – here are twenty-two things I learned in 2015.
- You can create anything you want.
- Things are more worthwhile when you’re prepared.
- Trust that you always are.
- It’s ok to be sad.
- Value your investments.
- Music is important.
- The belief that things will “work out” is a false assumption that you are in control.
- You’re not in control. What a relief!
- Sometimes the strongest parts of you hold your weaknesses hostage. Practice surrendering your strength.
- You can always be more open, more flexible, more loving, more free.
- Listen first, second and third. Then consider speaking. Ask: is it more important than silence?
- Don’t be afraid of mirrors.
- … or spend all of your time in them.
- You never know what future moments hold.
- Listen to every love song as if it’s about you, for you, written by you.
- Relationship is a verb.
- Every relationship is a twin flame.
- Don’t choose fear. It is a sign post – it points beyond itself, guiding you in the right direction.
- How and what are infinitely more interesting than any why.
- When you assume, you will be wrong most of the time.
- Some people give hot and some people give cold.
- There’s always more to give, to let go of and to receive.
What truths have come to light for you this year?