No resolutions this year. Most of mine barely make it to February before I think “eh. maybe next year”. Some of my friends and I were discussing our resolutions for 2021 when one of my friends mentioned that she doesn’t focus on resolutions. She prefers to chose one single word and practice it everyday. Her word for 2020 had been KIND. She said this year had tested the word and there were days that she didn’t live up to the definition. But overall she was able to turn some situations around and have a positive outcome.
That got me thinking about my past resolutions: lose weight, eat healthy, exercise more, be a better person. Pretty normal resolutions, but not any that express a true sense of self reflection and a true desire to make positive changes. These were so open ended. I mean, seriously, “be a better person” is not a clear resolution. How was I ever going to be successful without a concise definition? I had set myself up for failure and accepting of the “eh, maybe next year” attitude. Not anymore. It is time for true change.
After giving this a lot of thought and reflection, I have picked my word for 2021: Gratitude (the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness).
I am choosing to show gratitude by being thankful for what I have and for what I have experienced. Show more gratitude by lifting others up – applaud their successes and help when times are difficult. Be part of a world where there is more kindness than hatred, more caring than disinterest and where we think more about others and less about ourselves. I’m going to put my words into action and really practice my word – Gratitude – everyday. I have always told my children that actions speak louder than words. Now it is time to show them what this really means.
Yes, it is daunting. I don’t know if I will be able to show gratitude and appreciation everyday. But I do know I’m going to try, probably fall a time or two, and keep trying until GRATITUDE is a part of who I am.
To start this, I have mentally looked over the past year and found those things that I appreciate and that I am grateful to have experienced. Looking back, I have been fortunate enough to have had a pretty good year in my personal life. I got married in June, have a job that I enjoy, my family and I have stayed healthy (one person in my family did have COVID, but we were blessed that it was not a severe case) and I get to continue to grow in my photography hobby. Sure things have been different, but I feel blessed even in these unpredictable times. My hobby – photography – has been a good escape and I do enjoy sharing the photos and a story or two. I am very grateful and appreciative of the time when I get out and take photographs. It has been a wonderful way to see the beauty in nature. I’ve also been blessed with new friendships as we share photos and discuss the various subjects. I’ve been able to meet a variety of people while out on walks. It has been different with masks, and being socially distanced, but still we’ve been able to connect. So there’s my look back at the year.
I also took the opportunity to look at my photos and pick out a few of my favorites. These are photos from my walks and a few from my yard. I hope you like these too!
Thank you for joining me as I’ve become a bigger bird nerd, learned more about insects than I ever imagined, discovered nature’s beauty even in the weeds and learned more about photography every time I took a photo.
May you find your word, to help you through whatever 2021 has in store for all of us.
I hope you have a very happy New Year!
Thank you for stopping by my blog!
All photos are originals by Kim Lawless.