Reflections on 2020

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One of the best ways that I have found for reflecting on the past year is to review the photos on my phone. It’s amazing the things that you forget happened in the span of a year. One year is actually a really long time, and while some parts fly by and others drag on seemingly endless (you know what I mean) it is also amazing the number of activities and experiences that can fit into just 12 months.

It was almost exactly one year ago that our family made its first ever journey to a Disney theme park. Now a trip like that seems almost unthinkable; thank goodness we got it in when we did. We chose to fly across the country to go to Disney World in Orlando Florida, thinking the crowds might be smaller in January, and I suppose they were by Disney standards, but it was still plenty crowded with long lines. Nonetheless we had a fantastic time, spending four days in the parks, even though it rained on us a couple of days. But as I like to joke with people, “It’s okay, I’m a professional…I’m from Seattle.”

We’ve been to other theme parks in the past, but this was our first trip to Disney…we waited and tried to plan it just right to go when our kids were old enough to participate in most things, and old enough to remember it, yet young enough to still enjoy the awe and the Princess world. It was a wonderful time; the kids loved the rides, and tolerated the lines. I’m very thankful we got that trip in when we did. I have friends that planned trips around Spring Break that were not able to go.

Several other good things that happened included a hockey tournament, another theme park, a neighborhood Pickleball tournament, a little bit of baseball, and filling my truck with dirt and rocks. That last part being part of the landscaping project that I took on over the summer when there was not much else to do. In the past, I’ve always paid to have dirt, gravel, or bark delivered to my house, having never had a pickup to get it myself. But this year I had a pickup, so decided to learn how the process works to do it myself. It’s funny how something small like that can be intimidating when you’ve never done it before, and then how easy it is once you’ve broken through that unknown zone / fear barrier. A lot of things in life are like that, actually.

Another highlight…since I wasn’t commuting ridiculous hours to the office each day, I started a new habit in the Summer of sitting out on the deck with no electronics to just enjoy the cool morning sun and natural scenery for at least 15 minutes. It’s not a large time commitment, but it sure does get the day off to a great start.

There were other good times, and of course there were some bad, too. But one thing that I have known, and was reinforced in 2020, if you look at the bad, you’ll just amplify the bad. But if you focus on the good, you’ll amplify the good.

I choose the good.

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