Did you choose a word for the year?
I did...I actually chose two ~ Love and Celebrate. I want to show more love to others and to myself. I think if we continue to come from a place of love there can be many positive changes in our lives, in our communities and hopefully, in the world.
I just know that in the days when I was growing up (yes, it actually was A.D., not B.C.) ;-) it was a kinder, gentler time. Our kids are really not exposed to that...the freedom of being outside alone for extended periods of time with no concerns for the nut cases out there and being able to ride bikes or play with friends until twilight when everyone had to go home.
Perhaps if we start a "LOVE" and Kindness Revolution in our own homes, neighborhoods and communities, it will catch on! And don't forget to show love to yourself ~ rest, take naps, read a good book, get a mani/pedi, have coffee with a friend, go to a movie or the library, forget the blogs and FB for awhile and just "be".
I also want to "celebrate" life every day! Honestly, we have so much to be grateful for, let's share. I want to entertain more and celebrate the family and friends in my life. I want to be more aware of nature and all the beauty surrounding us. I want to be more "aware" of people around me or already in my life. I want to meet new friends and celebrate the fact that our paths crossed as we both walk the planet at the same time.
Last Saturday, the 18 year old son of a friend and former co-worker was found dead. He another young boy were apparently involved in drugs at the home of a 22 yr old young man. Chase and Kyle both passed out. The 22 yr old just drug them into a bedroom and left them. The dad found them the next morning and called 911. Officials seem to think that if the 22 yr old had called for help, the boys would have lived. We don't know the intricate details of the situation and we don't need to. The fact is, these incredible young men are gone and Chase's funeral is today. It's heartbreaking and senseless. Chase is survived by his parents, his twin sister and 2 older brothers. A very close and loving family who are now depending on God and their faith to see them through. Oh yes, in addition to this tragedy, my friend/the mom, was to begin chemo and radiation this past week. :(
Another precious reason to spread the love and celebrate every moment we have ~