What I Learned in 2017

In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision. — Peter F. Drucker


Maybe it’s just me, but 2017 seemed like a particularly challenging year. Here’s what I learned, was reminded about, was grateful for, etc. this past year:

  1. People are downright awesome in times of crisis. Harvey. Irma. Maria. Need I say more? Ok, one more. Route 91 Harvest Festival. There were amazing people there, ready to step in and help each other.
  2. Most of us most of the time know the truth and know what’s a lie. You can huff and you can puff, but you can’t change actual photographs, statistics, or other evidence, no matter how hard you try or how much you tweet about “fake news.”
  3. Most of us most of the time know right from wrong. Sometimes we just need a little nudge to act on that knowledge. We should consider ourselves nudged. Let’s wake up and be the change we want to see.
  4. If something happens to you, don’t be afraid to speak up, if not for yourself, then for others who came before you or who will come after you. People who act inappropriately usually have a track record of doing so, so no matter how isolated you feel, you are very likely not alone. Be brave and speak up!
  5. Humans are resilient, and we’ll figure out ways to make the best of every situation we’re faced with. It might take us some time to accept a new reality, but once we do, we’re ready to bounce back, regroup, and figure out a new approach to accomplish our goals.
  6. When faced with frustrations about situations, events, or people we can’t change, it’s always helpful to focus on what we can change. What do you have control over that you can change or improve to make your life more fulfilling? What do you have control over that you can use to help others?
  7. In a world filled with opinions about almost everything, it’s ok not to have an opinion. And it’s ok not to give equal weight to all opinions you read or listen to: Some opinions are better informed than others, and it’s not only ok to use your analytical skills to figure out which opinion to give more weight to, it’s actually incredibly important to do so.


So to sum up what I learned in 2017: Most people most of the time are decent, smart, and caring. Even though we sometimes need to be reminded of those things, once we are reminded, we do our best to do what’s best and what’s right.

What did you learn in 2017?

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