Wednesday, January 7, 2015

One Little Word - PEACE

Reflection ....

Resolutions ....

Positive attitudes ....

Changes .....  


I have found that with aging, I do a lot more reflection. Not because I have the time for it (at least, not yet while I'm still working). But I think that because my abilities are lessened physically, I spend more time exercising my mental abilities. 

And although this can happen --- and indeed should happen --- all throughout the year, the new year the perfect time for people to reflect and make positive changes. Maybe it's because Christmas has been such a time of decadence and over-indulgence? Maybe it's because winter usually means more time spent indoors and that gives us cause to think about how to better fill (or not fill) those hours? Maybe it's because the change to a new date and year just naturally brings thoughts of change in ourselves? Who knows: it just seems to happen on January 1st or thereabouts.

If you know me, you know that I don't do resolutions. I'm constantly fighting battles:  my eating habits; my weight; my health; relationships. I don't need to set myself goals that may never be reached. 
But when I read the post by blogger Sidewalk Shoes called One Little Word , it struck a chord in me. And while reading, I wondered what MY one little word might be for 2015. And the word that came to me was PEACE.





Over the past 6-8 years, I've experienced moments of great peace in times of great difficulty. God has brought me through a lot. And once I tasted peace in the midst of turmoil, I wanted more.  Peace is a word/ a feeling that encompasses so much else: happiness, contentment, satisfaction to name just a few. And through aging & with my Faith, I'm learning that the way to peace most often is an outcome of my own behavior. For example, when I let go of my expectations of others, I find peace. When I forgive (even if I'm not at fault), I find peace. When I accept others for who they are and not what I think they should or could be, I find peace. And when I accept myself for the same or even (dare I say it) do things just for myself and not others, I find peace.


And peace is such a wonderful place to be.

It's a learning process -- always! But yup:  that's my word for 2015. That's what I'm going to try to cultivate more of:

PEACE!









7 comments:

Cozy Little House said...

That was actually the word I came up with to myself, but never told anyone! And letting go of expectations of others. I think that will bring me a great sense of peace.
Brenda

Pam Greer said...

I think you have chosen the perfect word!

WendyMcLeodMacKnight said...

The perfect word for a day that needs a lot more of it!

B. WHITTINGTON said...

Loved the post and the encouragement you offered to come up with one word in which to strive for throughout the year. I don't have my word yet. But I will think about it. Many thanks.

TARYTERRE said...

A wonderful word, that should serve you well. Seems everybody is picking good ones this year.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

You have chosen a wonderful word. Peace is wonderful and we all could use more of it. May you be blessed with many peace filled moments in 2015

Kay G. said...

Peace be with you.