It's amazing how just one word can change your outlook on things! For the past few years I've picked a word at the beginning of the year that I wanted to focus on through the year. I found this wonderful idea over at Ali Edwards blog. She has also made a list of all the words people have left in the comments if you need help finding just the right one!
The past 2 times I did this it was pretty simple choosing the right word. This year though I wasn't sure and kept coming up with different words that I thought would work or fit what I wanted to work on this year. For some reason they just didn't feel right! I had just let go of the idea and thought oh well I won't worry about it this year, UNTIL last night!
Without going into a long winded story and tons of detail I wanted to share how this came about. Lots has happened this past week on more of a personal level. Yes we all have been given our trials, struggles, or hardships...however you choose to look at them. I know it is hard to see the good they bring and the things we can learn from them when we are right smack in the middle of them though! Let's just say it was a very long week! I think sometimes it can become even harder when you have your family and loved ones going through hard times all at the same time. I think sometimes as moms, friends, daughters, and sisters it's easy for some of us to take on all those burdens and things and add them to our already heavy pack! Adding one more thing, one more thing, and one more thing until we realize that this darn pack is just too heavy to carry! Carrying that heavy pack may effect us all differently in our everyday life. I know for me sometimes I go into shutdown mode...a way of trying to cope with things I suppose. Nope it's not the best way to handle things! I know this from first hand experience! Even though on a conscious level I know the best way to cope with things...well sometimes those things just don't happen.
So this past week I have learned many things. First I need to be more caring and loving of me! I can't do my family and friends any good if I don't first take care of myself. Second I need to learn to rely on others more often and not try and do it all myself. Of course there are several other things I have learned, but an important one I was reminded of was the importance in turning to my Father in Heaven! I think it doesn't matter what religion we are or how beliefs may differ. Most of us believe in a higher being. I know this plays a huge part in my life and makes such a difference. Rather it be prayer, meditation, or just those small moments of silence!
Back to the word though. Last night I was finally starting to feel a bit more "normal" whatever that means around here. I took some time to do a bit of reading on-line and came across this video. As soon as I saw it, I knew my word for this year had to be HOPE!
Hope is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.
Where would we be without hope? I found this quote this morning that I love and want to incorporate into an art journal this year. When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time." ~Author Unknown
I also want to share the video that I watched last night and hope that you enjoy it. I'm looking forward to a new year with hard times I'm sure, but I know there will be wonderful times mixed in there as well! Looking forward to whatever this year may bring with wonderful family and friends on my side I feel very lucky!