Midweek Nudge #70

“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.”

— Sam Levenson

Hi there!

Here’s your gentle nudge to make your week more interesting, thoughtful and productive. You can always talk to me more about these ideas by replying to this email.

Maybe It Won’t Be The Best Year Of Your Life

The tail-end of the year is here. We’re inching towards 2022. Like every December, the nippy wave of hope is in the air. Of course, we need all the hope we can muster after what the world has been through since 2019. Yet, there’s this particular affirmation I have developed a dislike towards: it’ll be the best year of my life.

If this year has taught me anything, it’s that sometimes no matter how much you try, things just don’t go your way. You lose the money. You lose the people. You lose overall. But that’s also because you try too hard to make it the year things turn around for good. You here is, of course, me. But I’m hoping someone else relates to this too.

So maybe, the time for a new affirmation is in order. Instead of making the coming year the best of our lives, let’s instead continue walking. This year I will continue walking sounds like a much better way to take things as they come. When you walk around town, you often run into things serendipitously. There’s room for everything: tripping on something, running into some old friends, meeting someone new, coming across an opportunity, getting inspired with an idea, you name it.

Instead of trying to make each year the best of our lives, maybe all we need to do is continue walking, continue growing, and continue learning. The best year of our life may happen yet, but even if it doesn’t, we’ll have walked a long way in the right direction towards who we’re supposed to become.

Try saying: this year, I will continue to walk towards the best version of myself.

What’s On My Mind?

The fact that each person brings something unique to the table. There is no single person who hasn’t taught me something, even if those lessons were ugly. It’s easy to dismiss people you meet as generic or basic, but if you dig deeper, there’s something to appreciate about everyone.

I hope this added some value to your week. Stay safe, stay inspired, and I’ll talk to you next week.


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