Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My Word - Change

I apologize in advance for this semi-rambling post. I hope it makes some sort of sense. Even if it doesn't, perhaps you will indulge me just a bit. If you do, I promise to come back tomorrow with a new recipe. Deal?

My friend Lindsay had a wonderful New Year's Day post (she always has some awesomely inspiring posts) and there was this one quote that just jumped off the screen at me:

“Lose the long list of resolutions — all your sweeping promises to change — and do something about one thing this year instead of nothing about everything.”

I really never do a list of resolutions. No goals to run x miles or x races. No plans to finish a degree or certificate. Maybe I feel that's too much pressure? Last year, I tried to make it a point to remember to live more. To enjoy more.

I think I've gotten better about that over the years, especially this past year. Not worrying so much about the things I can't control and remembering to enjoy the little things each day. Even on a crappy day, I can usually find something that made me smile whether it was a hug from Jason, an email or text from a friend or even Maddie curling up in my lap...something to smile about. I just have to remember to stop and think about those little things. They're there. They do add up.

But, I never fully get out of comfort zones. I don't take that leap of blind faith. I fear change plain and simple. Change means uncertainty. But, change can also lead to something new, something better, something happier.

Lindsay had another post where she suggest we pick a word for the year. Forget resolutions, find a word. So perhaps 2013 will be a year of Change for me. I don't know exactly what that means just yet.

I have a few ideas. But I know that things will change regardless of whether I'm ready or not. Some changes you can't control. But others, others you can. So I need to make a plan for that change I have in mind and stop being fearful. Actually doing what I've said I want to do...live more fully. 


Do you have a word for the year?