Win Harper | Life and Leadership Coach

How I Earned My A In 2017

2017 was another good year for me. I set my intentions for 2017 by giving myself an A for the year in December 2016, and here is how I really earned it.

Jan-April I took a poetry writing class at the Finger Lakes Community College.  Writing is a meditation for me, and I love the introspection and exploration of a structured class.  I allowed myself to be vulnerable and authentic.

Speaking of vulnerability, I sang a lot during 2017.  In June, I held a concert at our house for 20 friends and sang 9 songs.  I also sang at an outdoor concert in Vine Valley and at a plaque dedication in Middlesex.  I felt my vulnerability most at the last event.  I did not sing well that day, and my confidence was shaken.  At that low point, I thought about quitting singing.  I knew, however, that singing brought me joy, and I remembered this quote: “Do we sing because we are happy, or are we happy because we sing?”  I chose to continue taking lessons and performing.

My golf partner, Rich Warren, and I won the Wednesday Night Men’s’ League Championship at the Bristol Harbour Golf Course.  It was our second Championship in 5 years.

In September, I was the keynote speaker at the Canandaigua Elementary School’s “Take A Veteran To School Day,” and there was an article in the local paper about the event.  The headline was, “Vietnam Vet Shows Off His Superman Socks to Canandaigua Kids.”

Elizabeth and I went to Anytime Fitness on a regular basis except for the summer.  I ended the year weighing under 180, and feeling physical strong and energized.

This was my last year as President of the Middlesex Heritage Group and it was a great success.  We increased our FaceBook likes to over 500, obtained a Historical Marker for our Train Station from the Pomeroy Foundation, we hosted several events at our Schoolhouse, and our Seneca Heritage Day was a big success.  I wrote an article about the Train Plaque Dedication, and it appeared in the local newspaper.

For my work with the Middlesex Heritage Group, I received the Greater Hudson Heritage Network’s individual achievement award for Leadership and Community Engagement.  I was deeply honored by this recognition.

2017 had its ups and downs.  I didn’t accomplish all that I set out to do, and I didn’t always do as well as I wanted to do.  All year, however, I challenged myself and tried my best, and that felt good.  I learned that that is good enough.

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