The door is closing on 2020 ~ we’ll soon be packing up Christmas décor. What a year this has been! There will be “2020 in review” shows on TV shortly, but I’m not watching. I’d rather reflect on my own ~ my year in review involves one word: gratitude. I’m not tone-deaf to the struggles others have/are facing in the pandemic, rather sharing that I chose to be grateful where-ever possible.
I’m grateful to be well employed in year of chaos and uncertainty and that my employer allowed for and supports working from home.
I’m grateful our boys, girls & grands are healthy, happy, and employed.
I’m grateful that what started as daily walks for stress relief morphed into a habit I look forward to & enjoy.
I’m grateful I can cook; Hubbs and I have enjoyed more home-made goodness than ever, and his oohs and ahhs sustain me. We’re still working our way through his “pandemic groceries.”
I’m grateful I can read: my regular reading habit relaxes and comforts me.
I’m grateful I found Intermittent Fasting ~ the health plan with a side effect of weight loss. The clarity, energy and peace I enjoy is indescribable. And it’s free, even better.
I’m grateful to have enough – I can, and do, help others.
I’m grateful that last New Year’s Day, when I declared, “If you want to take the island, burn the boats” that the Island is now mine. I’ve found gifts while being home ~ using the time to improve my health, mind, spiritual journey, body, sleep and work product.
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” ~ Maya Angelou
This weekend, I’ll create my 2021 vision board & hang it where I can see it. I’m enjoying thinking about themes and ideas to explore. I’m mixing it up.
Your turn: What does your year in review say? Do you set intentions for the coming year?
I’m a little tired this morning because I stayed up too late watching 9/11 footage. I couldn’t help myself; how could I watch a movie or read my book when that was on? To that end, I heard audio I’d never heard before, saw footage I’d never viewed and remembered more than I wanted to.
Today, I’m taking a page from their book and am going forward with intention.
What do I mean, you ask?
It’s another blue-skied day here in West Michigan and I, for one, am gonna roll in it.
I’m going to put my face into the sunshine, do my work and be my quirky self as I do it. I’m making it a point to smile at strangers, help my colleagues, exercise again and keep my distance from the naysayers.
Today, I’m going to do what they were all busy doing: living.
It felt good to get out of the house for a few hours last night; I’ve been sick and we’ve been home-bound for our entire vacation. Hubbs has taken good care of me and I made sure he heard me telling others as such; his roosterfied chest told me he was happy to be appreciated.
A group of us gathered for a friend’s birthday and someone took it upon herself to question another’s intentions. I know the person who started it and I know her heart; it’s good. It’s her delivery that’s not.
Too much was said to someone she doesn’t know all that well and feelings were hurt. It wasn’t necessary and her actions threw a wet blanket over an otherwise fun evening.
I kept seeing this visual and thought it was worth sharing … especially as we all go forward into a new night, a new day, and a new year.
People will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You might have a heart of gold but so does a hard-boiled egg.
Keep your words soft and sweet, you never know which ones you'll have to eat