Weekly Wrap-up: What have I learned?

I have used my blog for a number of years to try and share what I see and learn as I go through life.  One of the most important things I have learned is that in order to grow and advance, change has to occur.  The changes I have experienced and will experience vary in degree and impact, but there will always be change.

Some thing should never change, or if they do, only after extensive and intense scrutiny, and prayer.  Here are some of the fundamentals that I don't see changing ever:

  • My faith in God and his son, Jesus as my Savior
  • The importance of my wife and my family
  • The value of serving others first, then myself

Everyone should have foundational principles that they build upon, and those three are mine.

Here are a few things I have learned this week that may impact how I do what I do:

  • Things are never as bad as they appear or as good as they appear.  When faced with a challenge, I continue to find that there is always a solution.  If I cannot easily find the solution, things work best when I engage others to look at the same issues I am facing and then ask them for their perspective and input.
  • There will always be a new trend to identify, consider and either embrace or ignore.  Some trends are cyclical and having a little life experience (56 years worth) helps with identifying the cyclical nature of trends.
  • People are always watching.  Even when you think you are in an area where you know no one, someone there will know or recognize you.  As a result, be aware of your behavior and your actions, regardless of where you are or who you are with.
  • I am happiest and most successful when I am engaging and talking with others.  I have noticed over the past 2-3 years that my introversion, or my interest in being alone, has grown a little.  This is not unusual and research will confirm this for most people as they age.  On the other hand, I have been fortunate to know how to work well with others and I have skills that help others as individuals or groups become more effective.  Not spending enough time with others keeps me from maximizing my effectiveness.
  • People will listen to me.  On many occasions I don't give myself enough credit for advice I provide to  others and it continues to be gratifying to hear from others how I have had a positive impact on their personal lives.  I say this not to be egotistical, but to only further embrace my primary calling.

What have you learned this week?  Share some thoughts below and come back next Friday when I share a few new learning episodes in my life.