Every year I choose a word that is my keystone. In previous years I have had – mapping, balance, determined and, last year, learn. Each has served its purpose, constantly bringing me back to what I want for myself for the year, both at work and at home.
2013 was not an easy year for us; Mum died in mid-December 2012 and then Tony retired in January 2013. We both had some health issues, mine caused by an accident with a drunk driver the year before. There is some hard stuff in 2014 for Tony and me, starting with major surgery for him on the 13th of January and, hopefully, a knee replacement for me later in the year. My job continues to grow, as do my professional commitments and, as always, I want to grow my art life.
In 2013 I took an online library MOOC through San Jose University which helped clarify my values and what drives me. The word I came back to time and time again is kindness. I even spoke about kindness in the workplace at our annual LIANZA conference in Hamilton. So that’s my word for 2014. Kindness:
Merci de ta visite sur mon blog, je te souhaite à mon tour une bonne et heureuse année 2014. A bientot sur CJS
A great word for 2014. If everyone had that word imagine the kind of world we would be living in! Have your read : R J Palacio’s book “Wonder”. It was wonderful. There is now a whole movement to “Choose Kind” – check out her site.
Bev thanks very much for that, I will do. My go to book is “The power of nice” by Linda Kaplan Thayer.
I meant to comment on the losses and difficulties you have had over the past year – I hope 2014 will bring better health for you and your husband. I lost my mom 5 years ago and altho I still miss her greatly, the grief has lessened. Take care. may your art continue to grow and help you in 2014.
Thanks for stopping by!
You are one of the kindest people I know Cath…I’m sure you won’t have to make too much of an effort to just be YOU.