As has been my tradition, (and not to get all maudlin about it, but it was the tradition mom and I would do together), I've decided to pick my One Little Word for 2016. I thought about not doing it again, just letting it slip by and just work on surviving (come to think of it that would have been a good choice!), but then my little Sarah and I talked. She encouraged me to choose one, noting that I should because I liked doing it and that perhaps it was something we could even do together. As denying her anything causes me pause, I decided she was right. And so, started some reading. I fell across a blog page, (mr. thomas and me), and she talked about how not only she was she choosing a word but monthly "challenges" to help remind her of her word and keep it fresh in her mind. I appreciate this idea -- and not just because it would keep the word front and center. But also because I am a project person. I like short (and sometimes long) term projects that give me a chance to create or be clever and so on. So, not only will the little word keep me staying with tradition, but the projects will help be stay busy. AND, best part, they are things she and I can do together; Ainsley too if she wishes!
So, my word for the year, with help from my dear daughter, is LOVE. Specifically taken from Corinthians, 12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Yes, I need to remember that to have faith (and God knows I am trying), I need love. To have hope, I need love. To have courage and strength and everything else, I need love. So I will keep love close this year.
As to those monthly challenges, here's what I'm going to aim for:
JANUARY -- Blog or journal every day. Let's get back in the habit.
FEBRUARY -- Organize and donate daily. Share some love with those less fortunate.
MARCH -- Walk 200,000 steps (100 miles). Love my health and body.
APRIL -- Do one of Mom's 30 days of lists. Celebrate her life and love.
MAY -- Leave notes of encouragement around. Love my friends and family.
JUNE -- Incorporate 10 minutes of stillness daily. Love silence and contemplation. Think about how I am so very loved and how much I love in return.
JULY -- Start a circle journal between myself, Sarah and Ainsley. Love our girl time.
AUGUST -- Explore faith. Love God.
SEPTEMBER -- Develop core strength -- both physical and mental. Love my health and body, once again as I tend to forget...
OCTOBER -- Create something every day. Share love through art, cooking, crafts.
NOVEMBER -- Write out prayers and positive thoughts and quotes. Find love all around me.
DECEMBER -- Make a "Things I love about you" book for each member of my family. Express love.
So there we are. Let's make 2016 a year of love.