Thursday 2 July 2020

5 lessons from today

The biggest lessons I've learnt in recent years have come from reflecting on my actions, paying attention to the things I've done, and noting the lessons. Here are 5 lessons just from today.

asking for help, or accepting when it's offered, is a good thing.

most people don't want to ask for help. They're afraid that it shows weakness. But nothing could be further from the truth. Asking for help is actually a sign of strength. It's showing people that you know your limits, and can admit when you need help with something.

sometimes you just need someone else's perspective.

I'm having some struggles in one of my volunteer roles. So someone that I had never met before offered to help. We talked for nearly an hour, and at the end of the hour, I felt somewhat lighter for sharing the load, and had a much clearer path for moving forward.

even when everything looks ok, there might be some muck in the background.

I've been struggling to get my Silhouette Cameo to cut anything for a couple of weeks. I rebooted my computer, installed updates, unplugged the machine, gave up for a few days, and started the process again. Then I asked for help, followed a suggestion from an expert, and the cap fell off my cutting blade to reveal a hole full of muck!

Once I cleared the muck (fibre from cutting paper) out, the machine cut like a hot knife through butter, and I was able to add a new tool to my kit.

good shoes are worth spending money on

It isn't new to me, but I'm often amazed at the number of years I resisted buying shoes that supported my feet properly. I've had problems with my feet and shoes since I tore my Achilles Tendon at age 19, and finally decided a few years ago that spending money on shoes that supported my feet was worth it. Every morning when I put my Frankie4s on, I feel my feet relax, and walking doesn't hurt so much.

you really can't make everyone happy

Whether it's insisting that the kids eat vegetables, or balancing the responsibilities of my volunteer roles, someone is always going to be unhappy. It's just human nature. But what I can do is focus on the things we can control - having vegetables every other day, and working with staff to find a middle ground that suits everyone.

What have you learnt today?


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