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Lessons I’ve Learned in 2011


At the dawn of yet another new year, I can’t but ponder about how the past year went by. I have achieved plenty more and encountered many roadblocks all teaching me some hard earned lessons. These affected my choices, decisions, and what I know about life in general. I’d like to share with you some of these reflections that I base highly on both my personal experiences and the patterns I observed in others around me.

In 2011, I’ve learned that:

–          When health matters are seriously threatened – yours or your loved ones – everything else seems so secondary. Act is if these are always truly threatened.

–          The more you reflect on life matters, the more you’ll realize how wide those gray areas are. Rare are the things that are purely black or white.

–          Admitting your emotional vulnerabilities is not a sign of weakness. You are strong enough when you accept that these come with the beautiful package of human nature.

–          What confuses us, many times, is that we exist in multiple contradictory profiles. That version you work on most, keep up front and nourish is what defines you after all.

–          The reason why some people enjoy spending some time alone is because they’re never really lonely. They have their own most interesting company.

–          Confusion is the corner stone of creativity and clarity. If for only a short while, it’s the best thought entertainer. If prolonged, it confines one to an idle mode of inactivity.

–          Giving someone your undivided attention and time are of the noblest thing you can ever do. It’s not the end of the world if some turned out to be undeserving or unappreciative.

–          Everyone is looking for love – knowingly or not – from different sources (i.e. romantic partner, parent, friend, or co-workers). When love is lacking, it is substituted for in healthy or unhealthy other ways.

–          Frustration or hitting rock bottom are the greatest motivators propelling one to take action into changing, but we’re all at different levels of readiness to take charge.

–          When you head something, you’ll have a lot of headache. You’ll be fought, ridiculed, and criticized, but you will still find many more followers and supporters to play the game.

–          Dealing with tough people is a good exercise of your patience, communication skills, and growth. These people show you exactly what you’d want to avoid being like.

–          Many will force their way into your life uninvited. Give them a chance. They could either be a blessing, or yet another lesson.

–          Of all existing languages, that which speaks your emotions is most profound. Never hesitate to be nicely expressive (to yourself and others).

–          You may remain ground chained by what’s real despite visions of your wildest dreams. It’s okay to keep one foot in reality and the other in dreamland. That’s how you eventually break free.

–          There’s a limit to how many times you give others a chance to be more respecting, appreciating, and understanding. You can always withdraw, or keep asserting your boundaries.

–          The brighter your light, the more you attract both: moths and butterflies. You’d put the moths in captivity if you focus on the butterflies’ activity.

–          It’s best to raise your expectations of yourself and lower them from others. The best helping hand you’ll ever have is at the end of your own arm.

–          Pity not those who did not grow rich, or old, or bold. Pity those who missed the opportunity to just grow.

–          You know there’s too much ‘on your plate’ when you wish the days were longer.

–          The most important date you can ever take is that with your own self.

–          Just as a house cannot stand on one pillar, so is life satisfaction cannot be reliant on only one source.

–          When you can’t change the existing system, create your own controlled system.

–          You can always decorate your thoughts with FAITH. It never goes out of fashion.

These are but a few. Let’s see what the year 2012 holds in stock for me. I can’t wait to learn more lessons.

  1. December 26, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Dania, you have shared some magnificent wisdom once again. Not only are these kernels useful but also many of them are poetic. I am going to re-read them tomorrow or later today as they deserve more than one reading. Additionally, you have made me mull over what I have learned in 2011. I need to give that a little more thought. Happy New Year and may it bring peace and good health to all you love.

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    • dddania
      December 27, 2011 at 6:53 am

      Many thanks for your encouraging words always Iris 🙂 And all the best wishes for the coming new year too my friend 🙂
      I loooove youuuu 🙂

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  2. December 27, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Dania, great blog — love that last line especially, about decorating your thoughts with faith. I had a similar idea about lessons but it went kinda sideways. LOL Check it out: http://www.creativealternativescoaching.blogspot.com

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    • dddania
      December 27, 2011 at 7:07 am

      Many thanks for your kind words Deah 🙂 The idea of tests you put on your own blog is really creative 🙂 I loooved it 🙂 May the year 2012 be the happiest you’ve encountered so far 🙂 And may you remain up to those life challenges 🙂
      Kisses from the Lebanon 🙂

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  3. December 28, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Happy New Year Dania 🙂 A beautiful way to end a long, trying, sometimes frustrating year.
    We are together in this journey called life and it is beautiful to see how you are contributing to the change of our world of today by your wisdom and helping hand.
    As you said there will be many new lessons still but our attitude makes all the difference.
    keep smiling my dear and may the new year hold more love and happiness to all humanity.

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    • dddania
      December 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      Gracoooo,
      My very dear friend, it is happy loving positive people like you that make the journey worthwhile:) I am forever grateful I have you in my life habeebee :):) May the year 2012 bring you only the good things life has to offer & only gentle lessons to learn from :):)
      I love you Coach:):):)

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