Good-bye, 2017 and a big welcome to 2018
The thought of my "perfect word" for the new year usually begins sometime in November. It's not a conscious act of thought, but words just float into my mind. I don't seek a word, but rather the word finds me. The word that found me for 2018 is (good) health. I became sick Thanksgiving weekend. I saw the doctor, followed her advice and after a week believed I had recovered. The middle of the next week my cough started again, but fatigue, glassy eyes and feeling generally miserable came with it. At the time I thought it was "just" a cold, but looking back I think it was more likely a mild case of the flu. Whatever it was it knocked me down, and I spent last week resting and getting my energy back. But this relatively mild bout of illness made me realize what my word for 2018 needed to be:
I take good care of myself and despite past major health issues I feel somewhat invincible. I'm blessed with energy, I eat reasonably well and I exercise. That said, I don't drink enough water, I skip strength training at the gym at the slightest provocation and there are days when vegetables are not a major part of my diet. It's past time to add some healthier habits, beginning with these three things. I know I'm not invincible -- one quick slip in my living room last year sidelined me with a broken shoulder for months -- and each year will add new challenges. This year I'm starting with more water, more veggies and more trips to the gym, starting this week.
I did a lot of walking last year -- a blog post about my journey of 1000 miles will be published tomorrow -- and will keep it up this year. But there's a whole lot more to add. After a great (and veggie filled) brunch with friends I attended a program on essential oils. I found it very interesting and look forward to figuring out what might be helpful for me. I'm not adding a million new things, but I'm open to learning about healthy practices that are new to me.
The last few weeks have reinforced that health is the most precious of gifts and one not to be squandered. I raise a big glass of water to toast the good health of all in Buttercupland and wish everyone health, happiness and energy to enjoy our days.
As ever, thanks for visiting and happy and very healthy wishes!