My perfect word for 2012 was (Embrace) Change and my perfect word for 2013 was (En)joy. I spent some time today reading the posts and saw the theme for both was anxiety and my anxiety about the future. The future I was anxious about is now the present. The things I worried about are still concerns, but I've made the leap into the big unknown of Retirement. I still worry -- just my nature -- but I worry less and it's time to move even more fully into the future.
I've been thinking about the theme of gifts -- thank you, Little Drummer Boy -- and what gifts I have to give. Three things came to mind -- writing, friendship and enthusiasm. Words come relatively easy to me and the gift of writing has been a way I've earned a living. I hope to use this gift to send kind words, to continue to blog and to write about causes that I think are important.
The second gift is friendship. I am blessed with friends, but I want to be a better friend in 2014. I want to be more patient -- not one of my gifts -- and more thoughtful. I want to listen carefully to those around me, smile more and offer friendship even when it's difficult.
The third gift is enthusiasm. I am enthusiastic about the things I like to do and generally upbeat. I've worked hard at it and there are times it's very hard to maintain, but it's been well worth it. I want to keep up my upbeat self when it's difficult and share it with those who need a boost.
These are tough challenges for me, particularly the last two. I've come to enjoy my solitude and writing days and I need to reach out and share more than I have for the last few months. But these gifts do best when shared and that will be my challenge for 2014. What's your perfect word for 2014?
Last night I found this sign on the sidewalk last night in front of a cafe on Broadway and West 72nd St.
I've had a nice "blogcation." I found myself composing posts spontaneously and planning posts for the next week came very easily. I'd gotten a new writing wind by taking a rest and it pushed me along happily into the new year.
I spent New Year's Eve with friends from my Bible study at a local restaurant. This has been our custom for the last decade and we had a very nice evening. We watched the ball drop in Times Square via television eating our dessert of apple crumb pie. I don't go anywhere near Times Square on New Year's Eve. On a regular night it's much too crowded and adding that there are no bathrooms for those waiting for the ball to drop, it's not a happy combination for me.
Let me echo the words of Gigi and Staff..."Happy, healthy 2014. Love!