Over the Christmas holidays I have spent some of my online time linking with a group on Face Book. It is #embracehappy with the philosophy that not every day is good but there is good in every day. This rather caught my fancy and I have joined by writing 3 positive things that have happened during my day. It means that simple things like a quiet cup of tea can be appreciated rather than ignored for those major happenings that don’t happen often.

One of the activities that many of us have adopted is to find a word to focus on through the coming year. There is a process you can go through to help you find your word if nothing springs out. I was all set to work my way through it but my word just appeared in my head yesterday and the more I thought about it, the more convinced I was that having this word around would help me be a bit calmer and a little less stressed.

My word is FORGIVE:


The dictionary definition is: ‘to stop feeling angry or resentful towards or about’

I have spent far to many hours (if not days / weeks) berating myself for my failings. It has never pushed me to make any changes I don’t think, so perhaps it is time to forgive myself. I have also wasted far too much energy being angry towards other people or their apparent short comings or indeed what I see as unfairness. Again, nothing has worked to change this.

So, rather than having resolutions or long mantras, I think one word should make it easier. Well, I’m prepared to give it a try. I have set it out in this picture of Stourhead. It is a place I love and where I can always find some peace. I’m hoping the reflection of the water will make me stop and think. The font used was chosen as it starts as separate letters but then joins up in a united flow.

So, what do you think of the idea of a word for the year? What would yours be?


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