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There are a lot of ways to look at 2020. While assuming the year was a disaster seems to be the norm, was it really? I saw one recent post that said, “For the first time, hindsight will be 2020.” Funny – and so true! If the last year has shown us anything, it is that we have very little control over the storms that enter our lives. Like it or not, the storms are going to come. For a control freak like me, that’s the bad news. But there is good news. We do have control over our response to the storms. If you think back to the beginning of 2020, we had no idea what the year would bring. It’s been a stormy one on several fronts. While we all may be glad to see 2020 end, there is no guarantee that 2021 will be any better. There are storms coming that we cannot even predict. How do we get ourselves ready? As I have reflected on this year, I’ve come to realize that it’s not our plans and efforts to control that prepare us for storms. It’s learning to trust and strengthen our personal repertoire of responses, especially those that keep our minds from running away, screaming “the sky is falling!” In my own case this year, I realized that I take a certain enjoyment in negative, catastrophic thinking. It’s more fun than exercising the mental muscles to deal with what is and then find real solutions to the real problems. Complaining is a ...
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