The prompt for my photo group today is a word to live by. This is for them. I’ve also been reading about Christine Kane’s idea of going into the new year with focus on a single word that resonates with you and will keep you focused and grounded. Thinking about that, there are a few that come to mind. Here are those thoughts.
Kindness? That covers a lot of it. The world needs more. Very few of us are truly kind to ourselves, even if we’re very kind to others. And who hasn’t experienced a random act of kindness in your day that brings tears to your eyes and reminds you of the inherent goodness of peoplekind. And the best part? There is no gesture too small. Kindness covers a lot.
What about Intention? How much of the world goes around just because that’s the way it is and very few people feel they can do anything about it? Sometimes we get lucky, sometimes we get broken. We do things out of obligation, we do things out of reaction. We do things because we’re too afraid to try something else. We say and do things we don’t mean. Intention means pointing yourself in the right direction. Isn’t that huge? What if we truly set our intentions, and then acted in their best interest? Miracles, that’s what.
Speaking of Miracles.....that could certainly be my word. How is it not a miracle that seeds grow, that music in made, that people fall in love? Magic is all around us all the time, in such vast totality that we lose sight of it. What if we never forgot? What if we always remembered that magic is the very life that flows through us?
Action? All of us dream, at least if we let ourselves, but so many dreams lie dormant and un-nurtured due to all sorts of unhealthy things. I think all the time about what I need to be doing to move my career forward, or get to that next step, or for God’s sake beat the odds. I also think all the time about those emails I need to write, that friend I need to call, or that Thank You card I need to send. I spend a lot of energy on positive affirmations and imagining what the successes I want will feel like, but all that doesn’t do a lot of good unless I act on them. Nothing is going to fall into my lap. Things aren’t going to do themselves, and things undone weigh on me, bringing all sorts of yuckiness with them.
I’m afraid of my wasted time. I’m afraid of waking up without fear because only then can I truly regret all the days I let it rule me. If I never wake up then I don’t know it’s a dream.
Whatever word I choose, whatever word you choose--today is the day to live by it. Today is the only day.