I'm not big on marking the new year as some great day with a bunch of resolutions. I don't usually make resolutions. I used to and then just got angry with myself if I didn't follow through or felt like I had to continue even when it no longer fit my life. I'm always trying to change, trying to improve. I don't think I need a calendar to tell me today is the day to start.
Plus, I hate going along with the crowd. I've been known to not do something that everyone else is doing, even though I wanted to, because of it. But this time I am going to overcome that tendency (that's one goal right there -- done!). I am going to push through my natural rebel and start something today that I intend to continue. Maybe for the whole year.
A while back I saw something somewhere (don't you like how well I track my inspiration?). I think it was on a blog, but I really have no idea. This person chose a word to define the year. One word to use to guide them in all they did. Maybe to improve on. Maybe to notice more. Whatever.
I like this. And I'm choosing to do this. I don't know if it will be for the whole year or if I'll feel like choosing a new word in a month or if I'll just decide the whole thing is stupid and throw it out the window. I like to see how things go and switch it up when they don't work.
And, because I can take commitment in small doses, I am going to do something every day. I am going to find a quote, thought, maybe a scripture for my word each day and tweet it. That's it. I will commit to one tweet a day. I believe that is doable. And if I miss a day (which I shouldn't because that's really a small commitment that anyone should be able to follow through on), I will forgive myself and get over it.
My word for the year is KINDNESS. I want to practice it more. I want to notice it more. I want to feel it in my heart and to my toes more.
You can follow me on Twitter to share my experience. Or you can just come to my blog every now and then; my Twitter feed shows on my sidebar. Who knows? I might even write a blog post about it.
This will be a year of kindness.
I'd love to hear about how you're going to change the world this year (or just change yourself). Feel free to share.
To see how it was going after a month click here.
To see what I learned through the year click here.