Hard lessons of Suite 1205

  1. Always choose honesty.
  2. Own your decisions, whole-heartedly choose your commitments.
  3. Fully complete your time.
  4. Look back in modesty, use your past as a crutch to grow.

a. I like sharing moments, which explains why I’m drawn to comfortable friendships and assumed my friendships didn’t need as much care they surely deserve. It’s almost embarrassing to admit but I’ve always expected friendships to stay consistent, although nothing about myself is. Be honest with the things you’re afraid to say. If you’re unsure, say that you are. Admit when you’re wrong and be flexible enough to bend over backwards to keep people in your life.

b. You can’t win the shots you don’t choose to make. I’m sure lucky moments exist for everyone, but you have to actively make the choices you want to minimize losses and maximize growth. (This is obvi the KOBE year speaking.)

c. If I’ve learned anything from all the card games I’ve played this year, higher risks call for bigger rewards. Playing it safe, you’re kind of wasting time, playing-to-play. To be in control, go all in to the moments you’re called and to serve fully in heart and time. Even if you lose it all, at least then you know smarter calls to make and can walk away with a wiser next step. Small losses rarely teach big lessons, they make it easy to pass by.

d. There’s a reason why you look forward when walking forward. It’s so easy to remember laughing that hard in the past or thinking, that happiness was going to be the one to last. But lingering in these sweet memories makes it difficult to truly appreciate the present. Further down the road, this-today is what you’ll regret not contributing to what’ll become your “good-ole-days”. Why not add to your collection than to limit them?

Beginnings are full of promise. The first page of a book, the first day at a job, first dates, first kisses, first kick of good liquor, the first moments of holding your child. The list goes. Endings are blunt in completeness. They tell you the full-reality of the promises: the book, the job, the love, the memory. It gives you clarity so that you can make new, whole-some beginnings.