I am 34 years old! Today is a day for counting blessings and thinking about the great people in my life and most importantly the Lord’s goodness towards me and my family.
The highlights of the past year were celebrating Judah turning 3, Hosea turning 2, and that our beautiful daughter Avah was born. We also celebrated 9 years of marriage! We were fortunate to have been employed through the terrible COVID-19 pandemic and the bonus for me was that we realized how toxic negativity was and started to encourage one another to not think that way anymore.
I also stepped into a “management” role at work and have really been challenged to grow through the experience. I celebrate the team I’m on and the individuals I get to work with every day. It’s an adjustment to think of success through the lens of helping team members but it’s interesting and I look forward to learning more.
Besides our family and work, the last year was a great challenge. Lauren and I contracted covid and sadly lost Lauren’s father and my grandfather to the virus. All plans were thrown out and motivations were low.
In the next year, I hope to grow deeper relationships and be better at understanding others. I look forward to a year filled with positive thoughts and friends who uplift. I hope to spend many hours with family and have more fun.
If you’ve been reading while I was 33 wait till you see me at 34 🙂
Every human society must justify its inequalities: unless reasons for them are found, the whole political and social edifice stands in danger of collapse.
Capital and Ideology, Thomas Piketty
Tell them that a Black life should be worth more than a pane of glass, or a store, but that nearly a thousand Black lives in Atlanta’s surrounding counties have been lost because a governor refused to take action to protect them from deaths of inequality.
There were fires and police beatings taking place down on DeKalb Avenue not far from where I live. If you know Civil War history, this was where General Sherman began his march to the Sea in 1864.
I’m blessed to have another year added to the tally. On 20 January I turned 33.
I’m grateful for the life I have and I’m truly fortunate to have quality relationships all around me. I love my Wife and Kids and the extended family and all of them add uncountable heaps of joy and fulfillment to my life. In terms of relationships, I realised that it doesn’t actually matter if everything else falls in place, you will fee the emptiness if the quality of your relationships suffers.
During this year I moved to a new team and learned that the only way to grow is to stretch yourself, meaning that you must go after the hard things. They may seem to take longer at first, but as you pursue them you grow and they become more and more attainable.
For the next year I hope to double down on a few things:
Investing in relationships.
Taking more breaks and spending time with loved ones.
Better focus and productivity while choosing to do the hard/important things.
Writing and reading more.
Making time for thinking.
I look forward to another year and I hope that it is full of quality people, quality time and more growing into a better version of myself.
I watched this interesting TED talk about how we treat addicts; we shy away from them and further inflict damage by pushing them into isolation. The talk below gives us a better alternative and a possible way to help those, who themselves don’t want to suffer, grow into a better versions of themselves.