Every year I try to choose a word or theme to base my year on. This year it took a bit longer to settle on words but finally, they have arrived. The words for the year are...
ADAPT TO CHANGE
How did I come by this word? My husband and I are over 60 now. We've been together since I was 15 years old. We've grown up together and fell into a happy routine with our lives. BUT, we are noticing more and more that our beliefs and the way we've done things all those years aren't necessarily working for us anymore. So we will need to analyze and change what isn't working. You know the saying,
God, grant me the serenityto accept the things I cannot change,the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.It's time for some changes in our lives that will help us live happy, more satisfying lives.I don't know about you but sometimes my husband and I feed off of each other's negativity. And let's face it, there is a LOT going on in the world right now to be negative about. But instead of letting that change our day and our lives, we are going to focus more on good things; random acts of kindness, doing volunteer work, keeping a clean home, getting enough exercise and healthy food to eat, writing and doing our respective crafts. We don't have to buy into what social media is putting out there for us. It is creating a world full of hate and derision!We are challenging ourselves with learning new things; Gardening, learning a foreign language (I recommend Duolingo!), sewing, knitting, playing the ukulele, 52 weeks of pie-making (wink, wink). That should keep us busy and away from the TV and the Internet. Don't get me wrong, we aren't hiding our heads in the sand and failing to see what is going on around us. Rather we are replacing in our lives those negative FEELINGS that incessant bombardment by the media was giving us. If not replacing, then really shortening the time spent on listening and watching media.I know it's going to be a long year full of politics, again, very negative if you listen to what each side has to say about the other. We can choose to listen to all the mudslinging, or we can find something else to do with our time and our ears. Listening to Sirius Radio with no commercials on my favorite channels is on my list of things to do.Have you chosen a word or words to live your year by? If so, what did you decide?