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The beginning of a new year has always been a time for me to think about all that I wish I were doing of more/better/differently/less. And yes, I have been a person to make resolutions that I have not completed. I have resolved to exercise more, cook differently, get to local theater productions, see every best-picture nominee on the big screen, be more organized, take more pictures, read more, write more, complain less... I'm sure that I could rattle off others.
I love the concept of using just one word as a resolution. My word for 2013 was PRESENT and my commitment to one word stayed with me throughout the year in all aspects of my life. I can't say that I never multi-tasked. There were times when I was trying to check my email when I was helping my daughter with her fractions and there were times when I was composing a post in my head during a meeting--but I worked hard at being aware of those times and I probably refocused sooner than I would have if my 2013 word did not resonate somewhere in my conscience.
I am sad to leave my word--it made be a better person for 2013. (And yes, I do realize that no one is hovering over me and telling me that I can't still think ab
out the importance of being present.) However, I am ready to take on a new word for the upcoming year. After some nominations, debates and discussion, I have settled on KINDNESS for 2014. Living in Connecticut, we still think about the tragic events of Sandy Hook all the time and as I drove past the Newtown exit last weekend, I remembered the quote from Dawn Hochsprung about being nice.
Here's to 2014,