If I can pick one of my greatest flaws, outside of my loose tongue, it would be my unwillingness to let go. I tend to hold onto life too tight and struggle to allow others in, especially God. I lean on my own paradigms and think my models on life are correct, and without flaw, and that is my primary weakness.
For several years I was frustrated with my life. I possessed boundless energy, drive, and ambition, but lacked purpose. I lived in Colorado with my lovely wife and fledgling young family. I held a steady job, worked for a good boss, and was healthy, yet I was miserable.
We hurt one another, it’s what we do. The stark fact of your life is that the overwhelming majority of your issues, your pain, and suffering are caused by someone else in your life. Whether someone fell short of your expectations, or doesn’t fully appreciate you or disrespects you, the majority of your pain is a result of your daily human interactions.
This is a special time of year. We’re in the final stretch and it’s a time that we begin to ponder our lives. What kind of year has it been for you? I believe it’s valuable to reflect and account for your life this time of year. Enjoy the changing of the seasons, the decorations, the great food, and time spent with family and friends. Cherish those you love and prepare to welcome in a new year. But, take time to yourself and soak in what was this year and how it changed you, impacted you, hurt you, and uplifted you.