I didn’t see this year coming, did you?
What have you learned from 2020?
- About life
- About your relationships
- About yourself
- About God
Below are 20 lessons I learned from lingering in 2020.
20 Lessons from 2020
1. If we only live for the moment, we won’t live very long.
2. Love has a speed. It’s slow.
The pandemic forced most of us to slow down a notch in 2020. We were forced to confront our hurry sickness by sitting with ourselves. And with each other.
John Mark Comer says this in The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry:
“Hurry kills relationships. Love takes time; hurry doesn’t have it. It kills joy, gratitude, appreciation; people in a rush don’t have time to enter the goodness of the moment.”
3. It’s better to be proactive than reactive.
4. There are more things we can’t understand than things we can.
5. I don’t like being called names. You don’t either.
The divisive political climate was particularly ugly this year. Rumors and slanders swirled around like a tornado.
But slinging mud helped no one. Name calling made things worse. Remembering we’re all God’s children—we’re all in this together—makes things better.
6. Staying home more is as good as I thought it could be, but also much harder.
7. When we don’t stand up for each other, we all fall down.
8. In hard things, be sad. It’s okay to cry it out.
I cried in 2020. A lot. About racial injustice. Spiking covid cases and deaths. Frustrating political tensions.
But crying was okay. It was healthy. Tears clean up our emotional buildup. They’re here to help us. Let them work for you.
9. Not everybody who survives a pandemic realizes they just survived a pandemic.
10. We give up too easily and don’t let go quickly enough.
11. To stay close, linger in conversation. Even if it’s only digital.
It’s easier to avoid the people we disagree with. But should we?
Maybe sometimes. But if we want to carry our relationships into 2021, we have to start talking to each other again, not just about each other.
12. Learn more about yourself. It helps you be less annoying.
I lingered in the Enneagram this year. I wrote a series in February, The Enneagram for Spiritual Growth (see the index here). I learned a lot of things, including this: If we’ll uncover our shadow sides, we’ll know where to shine the light.
13. Many Americans value individual freedom more than group sacrifices. But others give away everything they have to help a stranger. (And you can’t tell who is which by church attendance.)
14. We’re smarter when we work together.
15. We don’t need to know everything to know enough.
We don’t have to know everything about a virus, about a policy, about an issue before we can do better. Because of what we do know: God is always with us.
16. We are more connected to each other than we realize.
17. To take a step back from resentment, take a knee down.
I’m still working on this one. It’s been hard to not resent those who are spreading the virus by their carelessness.
But I don’t want to end the year with bitterness. Life may not be fair. But I want to love anyway.
18. We can look at the same things but not see things the same.
19. Traditions can change yet still be traditions.
20. Linger in the present, but stay hopeful about the future.
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