We made it! Here we are in the year 2020…the beginning of a new decade with heightened horizons in which to look forward. Though I recognize and respect the numerical year, this number (2020) is speaking to me beyond the calendar. I cannot help but think about it as a visual acuity…the measurement of normal eyesight.
We’ve all heard the phrase “hindsight is 20-20”. It’s not perfect vision. It’s normal vision with absolute clarity and sharpness. With a 20-20 vision, we see more clearly; not only in looking forward but in hindsight as well. I submit to you that with a 20-20 vision, we can see and appreciate the moments, the people and situations that contributed to making us who we are today. At that moment, back in time, we might have viewed such situations as obstacles, challenges, barriers, interruptions, etc. Through new lens (20-20) we recognize that those were just temporary situations and not permanent conditions. We learned and grew from those situations/experiences. Even the bad, in hindsight, we now view as luck and a blessing. If you were to look back, with the 20-20 lens of today, can you recall those transforming and transitional moments in your life? To what extent did those moments contribute to making you who you are today?
Beginning today (in class), you will receive my gift to you this holiday season. It is a notebook and I encourage you to take time and reflect on your life as it is today. Looking through your new 20-20 lens, collect your thoughts and jot down a few notes about how that past shaped you. Note how you can now see yourself more objectively and as a better person…either because of or despite!
Each day I plan to reflect and write about those situations in my notebook. I will think about how lucky I am to have encountered them all. The exercise is a personal reflection for me, though I may share them with the subjects of my gratitude, or even with you. It is my wish that your collective reflections, as documented in this notebook, will be a resource to strengthen you when you might feel like you are losing, or when you want to give up. You made it through before and you can rise again. You are UNBREAKABLE.
This is not your practice life,