As I Get Older

by DJ Waldow on July 27, 2012 · 7 comments

As I get older, I’m finding that …

I wrote that statement on Facebook along with my list of 4:

  1. Most actions and decisions are not life or death.
  2. What mattered yesterday does not always matter today or the following year.
  3. Most people are pretty understanding.
  4. Most people mean well, but sometimes are not great at communication.

14 people responded. Not only were the responses incredibly insightful, they came from such a diverse group of people – folks from all parts of my life (one of the many things I love about Facebook).

  • My Aunt
  • Our Nanny
  • 3 friends from when we lived in Salt Lake City
  • A friend and former co-worker at Navigant Consulting from when I lived in Chicago
  • A friend from when I lived in Florida
  • 2 friends and former co-workers at Bronto from when we lived in Durham, NC
  • A friend and client
  • Several folks that I’ve met through social media and connected with in person at various conferences around the country

Check out what they had to say:

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Which one(s) do you agree with? Which are your favorites? What would you add? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. I’m considering writing an update to this blog post if I get enough replies.

DJ Waldow
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Patrick Grogan
Patrick Grogan

The older I get the more I realize that ideas, knowledge, and situations are always changing. We must be able to adapt and evolve with them. Our time on this earth is a constant state of learning and change and that is the beauty. It can never get boring.

Sean McGinnis
Sean McGinnis 1 Like

Communication is what the listener does - meaning you as a communicator are directly responsible for the mis-perceptions of your audience. Communicate clearly.

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Getting through life is a matter of one simple choice, the choice between fear and love.

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@timbrechlin I like it. Can you expand?

timbrechlin 1 Like

@djwaldow It's similar to what Chel Wolverton wrote in her recent kick-ass blog post about the discourse in this country.

You can go through life in fear: Fear of the different, fear of change, fear of other people, buying bigger locks for our doors, buying more guns to arm ourselves, refusing to ever consider anyone's opinion but your own (and thinking that if someone disagrees with you, that makes them a bad person) ... 

Or you can go through life in love, knowing that we are all one and that it's our job to change the world to be a better place -- not just for ourselves as individuals, but for every single other person on the planet, no matter if that person would give you a bear hug when they see you or if that person would just as soon spit in your face than look at you.

I choose the latter.

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