What I Have Learned in 2009

Whenever I find myself with writers block or “judgmental blog post syndrome” I remind myself to just write about something simple and true.

What can be more true than just sharing an experience, opinion or observation?

I will save you an exhaustive list but here is what comes to mind tonight.

  • Raising a baby does get easier (don’t tell me about how it gets worse, I need hope right now).
  • Men and Women and more specifically me and my wife don’t even come close to thinking or feeling or experiencing the world in the same fashion (how did I miss this for 38 years).
  • What doesn’t kill me can make me stronger (see the last two bullets).
  • I am so vain, I probably think this blog is about me. (Everyday I work to consider others first and everyday I forget and everyday I get back on that horse)
  • I can complete a project asynchronously or in small chunks.
  • Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto (asking for help and relying on others is new for me)
  • It is OK to take a year or more to achieve a goal (I am on Toastmasters speech 7 of 10 after 18 months) and I am better for it.
  • I would rather do it sloppy than do nothing. (Not something most people would admit)
  • Learn to say NO 10 times as much as I say YES.  (It leaves room for the big fish opportunities)
  • If it does not feel good it probably is not good
  • Arrogance is a sly fellow and he finds his way into my life more than I prefer
  • Been there done that is a nice place to be.
  • Celebrate my friends they are precious.
  • Listen for God’s calling and answer it when he calls. (Makes life simple)
  • Encouragement may just be the missing link to success in all relationships.  (You are doing great if you are still reading).
  • I am jealous of Lady Gaga – what a cool name.  Gaga in the Rough?

I hope you have learned something for yourself in 2009.

If you care to share, post it in the comments section.

4 Responses to “What I Have Learned in 2009”

  1. Richard,

    I am glad you can appreciate my humor.

    Gaga in the Rough
    .-= Brian Monahan, Expert in the Rough´s last blog ..What I Have Learned in 2009 =-.

  2. Richard Terpening says:

    What I have learned-
    My wife and I are two unique individuals and we accept these differences about each other, that is what makes our relationship wonderful.
    I have also learned and it has become my latest quote, “Every idea, every song, every piece of work is a neverending story!”
    Gaga in the Rough, that’s clever!

  3. I can so relate to what you shared here!

    Men and women not experiencing things in the same way…AT ALL

    What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger

    Asking for help and relying on others…new to me…practicing (broke bone in my foot, my right foot)

    It’s OK to be on the year+ goal achieving list

    And…I don’t know if it gets easier to raise a baby…I figure the answer would be yes since you just keep getting to know one another. Baby=brand new relationship.

    Blessings…keep writing!

    • Maya,

      Thanks for the encouragement. Nice point on the Baby equals new relationship. It is something a lot of people assume is 100% instant and that is not the truth for me. I have to remind myself to look at her as a person versus something I am tending to. Thanks for joining my conversation. I look forward to checking out your blog as well.