January 14, 2018

I decided this year to follow my daughter's example.  She and her family sit together on January 1 and decide on one or two words that will be their focus

for the year.  I always thought it was a great idea, just never did it. 


This year is different.  I would like to think it is due to all the activities I want to do, the projects I want to complete, the books I want to read, the plants I want to get into my garden - It could be aging and accepting there is a change in my body and mind as the years stream by.  It doesn't really matter. 


This year I selected my two words and I am saying them out loud twice a day, reminding myself what my Jan. 1 intention was -  to focus on 2 words.


Mine are




I figure if I can accept the changes and challenges that are a piece of every day

I will be a healthier and happier person.  And I will be more patient with those I love and encounter.  I don't intend to roll over and just let things happen. I will accept the challenges, but not let the challenges define me.  And I won't lose sleep worrying about them.  They will be there no matter what.  


Contentment for me is recognizing how grand, wonderful, rich, blessed my life is

right now, this minute.  I plan to find that place in me that exudes joy for being alive.  Instead of thinking about the "wish I did, wish I could, when will I..."  I am savoring the simple and big gifts my life has.  Family, friends, electricity, water, food, travel, movies, music...  This list could become very long.  And it helps me 

realize how contented I am.  I just need to stop and say it.


I do believe we always have a choice. 

In 2018, I

choose to be filled with contentment and acceptance.


What would you choose as your word for 2018?


Please let me know. 


I want to create a painting of words.

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