Most important lessons

In October-November 2022 I asked various individuals in group settings to briefly reflect on their past year and answer one or more of a few (deeper) questions.

The following are two sets of photos of (anonymized) raw submissions to question 1:

“What is the most important lesson you’ve learned this year?”

The first set was collected from attendees of a picnic in Central Park, NYC. Following these are answers shared and collected at a Friendsgiving gathering in November.

Before the end of this calendar year, I will publish a post synthesizing all of these and other answers (anonymously for the most part). If you’d like to submit yours (one sentence is enough!) and have it mentioned or addressed in a substack blog post in December, anonymously or not, please do so by emailing Thank you!

For those who are curious about the top photo: I took it back in the summer of 2007, and it is a bridge (in the process of being constructed at the time) across a river flowing through a “central park” in Moscow, Russia. Make of this metaphor what you will.