I don't do New Year's resolutions.
After too many years of making and breaking an annual list of wills and won'ts, I found something I like a lot better.
I focus on a word for the year.
In 2006 my word was gratitude. That's a good word for a gal with a glass-half empty perspective. That year, I posted a sign with the words "In Everything, Give Thanks" in a central location in my house. I also kept an (almost) daily list of what I was thankful for.
In 2007, my word was simplify. Life became ridiculously simple when an extended illness caused me to prioritize my life. Things that were oh-so-necessary became not so. Life was about recovery. And being thankful again for family and friends.
So, what's my word for 2008?
Content--as in, satisfied, enjoying a sense of well-being.
I picked content as my 2008 word after seeing a hand-lettered sign that said, "Be happy with what you have."
That thought set me back on my heels--challenging me to stop always wanting more things, more stuff. Sometimes I'm so busy window-shopping, I forget to enjoy what I have.
So, writing comrades, anybody else want to pick a word for 2008?
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