I know a lot of people are doing the word for the year thing and safe from being unoriginal, in principal I love the idea!!!
I have been so challenged to choose a single word for 2013. That will be true to me and what I value! Be prophetic and at the same time be original and authentic.
What I loved about choosing a word last year was that it made me consciously choose it on a daily basis! Choosing to be "brave" daily, eventually took me to travel to Italy by myself among other things. How does one top that! So that being where I left off - I was not finding this year's choice particularly easy! But I have to say... the word "kindness" kept coming up for me...
One of the things that really blew me away in Italy was how incredibly kind our group was to me. During and after our trip. I am not exactly sure why. It kind of took me by surprise... But I was so blown away by it. I can't say I have often been on the receiving end of random acts of kindness. But it sure did move something deep inside of me!
I knew if this was my word for 2013 then it would be confirmed to me.
Two days later, my doorbell rang and there was a delivery for me! My friends from out of town had sent me a Nespresso machine as a gift! Today, we experienced another small gesture at Kitty's tennis training... Big or small - these gestures so touch my heart! I just can't fathom this level of kindness. Who does this kind of thing anymore... In the craziness of life and hectic schedules have we lost touch with each other and ways to really connect with kindness and grace! I think somewhere along the way - I had lost faith... but I am being reminded that it's still here.
This has been a complete confirmation for me - that "kindness" will be my word for 2013!
Kindness on this level shifts the heart! And I just love that!! I believe it changes us from the inside out! And that's pretty powerful stuff!!! And I know I want to be more like that on a daily basis. When kindness coupled with generosity like this shows a kind of unattachment to worldly things! But a complete attachment to the heart and to people... Which will surely bring us deeper connections with each other!!
So with that in mind... I look forward to 2013 and not only finding creative ways to express random acts of kindness no matter how big or small but hopefully finding it as I consciously seek it out!