Changing our clothing is easy but altering our minds is hard. When reflecting on my life, the most important lessons I have learned are from people and books. The top lesson I frequently remind myself, “Never be 100 percent certain you are right.” On our path to self-discovery, we must embrace the gifts given to us by practicing the art of learning, unlearning, relearning, and persevering. Knowledge, unlike bread, does not go stale. Thirst for knowledge fuels the unknown.
We must control our actions to enrich our days while not allowing today’s disruptions to consume the fire that shines within. Each of us is a teacher. Each day begins with a hefty bag of teachable moments. If we do not come across anything new during the day, it has not been a productive day. We must join together in celebrating more and more of the little things in life. We never need to know a person to help them because “we” will always be better than “me.”
These difficult times provide meaningful growth opportunities. Experiences like these, in the end, can strengthen who we are and what we stand for. Understand when we become paralyzed by fear, it oozes into all aspects of our life. Conviction allows us to move past fear and keeps us from being sidelined by doubt. No one knows what the future holds. But together, we can do something today to cultivate a better tomorrow. Your life matters and your aspirations matter. Let’s use this COVID-19 quarantining time to begin distinguishing between what the world demands of us and what we demand of ourselves. 2020 was a wash, but 2021 is a new and fruitful year.
May each day be infused with wisdom, patience, discipline, and compassion.
Never stop believing, asking the question ‘Why?’ and being unique.
— Brian Nadon
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