Sometimes when I think back on various phrases of my life, it’s hard not to think of all the hurt.
The misunderstandings, the pain, the missed connections. The ways that I screwed up.
The residual frustration about all the ways that other people - weren’t able to be the people I wanted them to be, which by the way is not their fault!
All that time spent being annoyed about how hard it is when you "can’t get blood from a stone".
My focus was in the wrong place.
But here’s what the Word of the Year reminds me to do:
I am allowed to have my grief and my pain. And I can also look at all that agony and remember that it’s business school tuition.
Instead of a diploma, I can just frame the Word of the Year and put it on my wall. And look forward to the next one, because it will be unbelievably useful.
We all have our stuff. We’re all working on our stuff. It’s a process.
We let people have their own experience, and we don’t give unsolicited advice.
"Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge."
~~ Lao Tzu
Spent a lovely day with Charlie and Joseph on 13 April 2011. We caught a ferry from Manly to the city and Charlie who is not quite seven took this photo of the seagull landing near where we were sitting.