That horribly cliched post about 10 things I learned in the 2010s

I started to write the year-in-review, decade-in-review post.

I stopped.


1. Cliche. I hate cliche.

2. Who cares?

I lived. I learned. I succeeded. I failed. Everything in between.

This reflection on personal history is only valuable if you can take lessons from it to live more at ease in the next day.

Otherwise, it’s just a bunch of bullshit posturing about how great your life is or a sympathy play about how terrible things have gone.

Here is what I have learned in the 2010s, which are just retreads of the same lessons I’ve been to trying to get down since kindergarten.

1. Take care of your physical health before it becomes a life-threatening issue.

2. Take care of your mental health before it becomes a life-threading issue.

3. Assess your relationship with God.

4. Make time for wonder and silence.

5. You can’t care about everything despite how often the world screams at you to be grieve every tragedy.

6. Find positive ways to talk about your feelings. Work to resolve the difference between emotional reaction and intellectual understanding.

7. Disconnect. This is much harder to do than it is to type.

8. Once in a while, when your laughing with friends, family and loved ones, pause. Look around. Count your blessings — one for every face.

9. Today — any day, any time including and especially right now —is a good time to learn something new.

10. Be kind. Not nice. Kind. Learn the difference. Do the work of kindness.

With love and hope, dpf

Published by Daniel P. Finney

Daniel P. Finney is a professional paragraph stacker who grew up in Winterset and Des Moines, Iowa. The local newspaper paid him $25 for his first story when he was 17. He has typed for cash ever since. He is a flawed human trying to be a little less Incredible Hulk and a little more Mr. Rogers.

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