How could I resist today’s Daily Prompt, Daily Prompt: The State of Your Year. Since this has been a year of transition for me, it is a great idea to review and take stock. Am I in position to ‘gain traction’ (sorry for the buzz phrase); what have I done well, what can I improve?
I’ve mentioned before that in our house, growing up, analysis was not only encouraged, it was expected. But it must be appropriate analysis, I have learned as I have matured, or it leads to analysis paralysis. You have to pick the parameters of your analysis, define your expectations, and determine the appropriate controls – which all sounds much more complicated than it really is.
My favorite question to ask myself (and to consider when I’m interacting with others) is ‘what is my intent?’. Knowing where I want to wind up helps me better to decide how to get there and whether or not I’m taking the right path. It also helps me to decide whether a goal is worthy or should be changed or scrapped. (I don’t understand people who pursue a goal that is no longer valid out of a dogged determination to finish what they start.)
Anyway, back to my year. I have learned a great deal this year and met quite a few interesting people – none of which would have happened if I had continued on my previous track. That track was getting pretty mucky and odious, but it was familiar and so I admit to waffling on next steps until some of them were decided for me.
Some of the things that I have learned, or re-learned this year:
- Skills necessary for job search rarely match skills needed for most jobs
- Being open to new experiences doesn’t mean that you won’t also have to mourn what was expected
- Memorizing is hard when you haven’t done it for a long time
- Surviving something that you feared is very freeing (I’ve had to learn this one a few times in the past decade, I’ve got this one down – do you hear that Fate?)
This has been a year of the unexpected for me, but I think that I have mostly managed it with the right attitude. We do only get one life and there are sweeping changes and snail-paced days mixed into it, but as Studs Terkel told Rick Kogan when he was 93, “I’m feeling interested in life.” I think I’m in good shape, at least in the interest respect.
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