Hard to believe ANOTHER year has passed and in the books! But... time does march on and we are lucky if we can keep up with it! I am not feeling like I am doing that very well right now due to so many things, events, people, projects, etc., that HAVE to be done and now. It seems like I am having a harder time finding the time I need to reflect and enjoy a bit of peace at this stage in my life. Because of our current near "empty nest" stage it often baffles me how infrequent I have quiet time to myself. I am sure if I wanted more of it I could find a way, but I guess I enjoy life too much to just want to sit around and have quiet time. However, there are times when I would absolutely love to just sit and BE STILL! I am writing this at 6:00 a.m. because I still have a house full of holiday guests and I have not found a single break to be able to write this and it's already January 8th.
I have been reflecting for a few weeks on what I want my ONE WORD for 2017 to be. Usually I have several that I try to choose from but it was very interesting how this year's word almost fell from the sky into my lap. I KNEW immediately what the word was to be. That kind of worries me in a sense because I think it may mean I am going to need this particular word for some reason this year. LOL
My word for last year was PURGE. My plan was to PURGE 25% of my "stuff". Not just physical stuff, but emotional as well. I did really well in the physical department and de-junked a lot. It wasn't near 25% and I need to continue to PURGE into this year - and the rest of my life if I ever want to get rid of all the accumulated "stuff" (aka crap) I have collected over the years! I didn't even make a dent into how much I still have to do, but the stuff I DID get to purging, I always got rid of at least 25%. I feel good about it. As far as the emotional purge, I have a long way to go still on that too, but because of focusing on that one word, I got rid of a lot more than I would have had I not chosen that word. Here are some of the words I have chosen in the past:
My goal is to keep working on each word I have chosen through the years as I go through life but always have one each year to FOCUS on. So what word did I choose for this year??
Drum roll please.....
UPLIFT is the word I have chosen for 2017.
Why did I choose this word? Or maybe I should say why was it chosen for me...because I cannot deny I was guided to choose this word this year. But, I believe however it was chosen, that EVERY SINGLE person on the planet, no matter WHO they are, or how rich, successful, happy, well adjusted, content, etc. they are... NEEDS to hear uplifting words from others. We live in a very harsh world at times and I am willing to bet most people rarely hear words from others that are kind and thoughtful and make them feel better inside. In fact, it's probably quite the opposite and most end the day feeling a little beaten or downtrodden. And then add to the mix the new "invention" of social media, which can contribute to making life at times a bit brutal.
The words we hear from others are powerful! VERY powerful. I have always known that and I have always tried to use words to uplift instead of tear down, but I feel like this world needs MORE of that and people are starved for it right now.
A great benefit of uplifting others is you UPLIFT yourself in the process. You can't uplift someone else without uplifting yourself. It's just is an immediate byproduct of the act. That, of course, is not the reason to do it. However, if you are struggling in your life to feel joy and happiness, it would be a great reason to start doing it. You can never go wrong and you will never regret uplifting someone else.
My goal is to be able to write down at least one person each day that I went out of my way to say an encouraging word or compliment to, or in some small way made them smile. And since I am consciously trying to do that, hopefully, I will have many more than one each day. But I need a goal and I think striving for one each day is a very doable and attainable goal and since I want to see success, that is my quest. Notice, I said, "go out of my way". I wrote that because I want it to be someone that I actually have to say something to that I normally wouldn't. I have noticed since I decided this would be my word, that I have MANY opportunities every single day to uplift someone, but it often takes a little more effort than just telling a family member (who hopefully I am saying uplifting things to each day already) to actually go out of my way and tell them. I frequently miss out on those opportunities because of the fact it required me to go out of my way.
Words are POWERFUL!
So, here's to a very UPLIFTING 2017! Maybe I will even work on a few other things that also need uplifting....like body parts, wrinkles, etc. :)
A few inspiring quotes: