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Lessons Learned

kalantri on Articles - After a year of journaling, Leggett found that some lessons were repetitive and some contradicted each other, but all offered potential for self-instruction. As the new year begins, she shares what she learned—and relearned—to inspire your 2014.

➤People don’t always do what they say they’re going to do. Forgive them.

➤ You won’t always do what you say you’re going to do. Forgive yourself.

➤ Never underestimate the power of following up.

➤ Tip well for good service. Waiters, the people at the car wash and the people who clip your toenails deserve it.

➤ A snowfall on daffodils is one of the ways Nature tells us not to count on anything.

➤ When someone trusts you with a secret, keep it.

➤ People who feel the need to tell you how full of integrity they are probably have very little of it.

➤ Have a zero-tolerance policy for crazy.

➤ Saying “no” can be empowering.

➤ Say “yes” more.

➤ Lesson from writing camp: “Failure is nothing but a plot twist.”

➤ Meaningful work is a source of dignity.

➤ Form your own opinions about people.

➤ Support community theater. Often.

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