After coming out of a stressful divorce and getting life back on track for the most part, 2019 has so far been a very good year.
I read so much online about striving for happiness, but in my personal experience I learn most from the really difficult circumstances not the happy ones. Learning who my friends really are means I know who will be honest with me, and who supports when the road is rough and steep. Learning what really scares me helps me concentrate on what I need to develop in my skill set.
A friend passed on a quote to me which I have found very valuable:
“Character is not made in a crisis it is only exhibited.” Robert Freeman
In life I have discovered that satisfaction, contentment, is what is truly desirable. If I am content with what I have at any point it takes so much stress away from life.
That doesn’t mean that I don’t strive to better myself, or those around me, or those who end up with me as a manager. Rather, I am content to learn, to watch people wiser and smarter than I am, to spot the things which can improve the life of those around me. In the middle of all the challenges I’m looking for the lesson to be learned.
And so, as the latest challenge arrives unbidden at my feet, I look forward to learning more lessons along the way.