Jan 26, 2017

Lessons Learned Part 4

We learn and adapt our behavior in the small things we do and notice every day. In 2017, I'm keeping track of these tiny lessons and adaptations in my life. 

Be Brave in Your Beliefs
I went to the Women's March in DC. I am proud that I hopped over my dislike of tight crowds and stood smack in the center of one of the thickest crowds ever, because it was for a great reason. I worry our current administration wants to stoke the fires of division and we did a good job of getting that going on Saturday, but you can always find a reason not to stand up for something. I marched because I believe in alleviating poverty, in equality for everyone, and that we ought to reject the idea that there are limited opportunities for prosperity and equality. We don't need to ruin the earth in order for people to have jobs and if it seems that way, we need to work harder to see the possibilities.

Do Your Research
I got to evaluate the chance of installing solar power in my home this week and there was discussion in my community about the pros and cons. I had to do the research on my own to figure out whether there's more or less for me. Still undecided on the investment, but it felt good to find my own viewpoint.

Find the Opportunity
It's been a potentially dire week at my job. We don't know if we will be able to hire the next round of Fellows because of the hiring freeze. Rather than dwell on this unknown, though, the 13 of us who are current Fellows got together and talked about what we could do together to help the country. Our meeting was such a bright spot and so uplifting and it could have definitely gone the other way with less optimistic people.

Teamwork is Always Better
I have a teammate now, and two heads are always better than one. This job just got much more fun.

Previous Lessons Learned
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1

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