And then I totally forgot about it.
I had said I was determined to make a difference - great or small. I don't know if I did. But 2017 is not going to be 2016.
In the United States, we have an incoming administration that is scaring many of us. Hate is on the rise. Minorities are fearful.
|Hand of Man, Owego, New York, 2015|
The angels of our world seem to be in short supply, and powerless.
|from Hanukkah House museum, Binghamton, NY 2012|
Those of us who choose a #WOTY (Word of the Year) are making our choices. There are so many good words to choose from - love, happiness, explore, simplicity, daring greatly, enable, gratitude, and more. They are all good words. When I thought of mine, this word popped up right away.
We need, for 2017..... Determination
Perhaps I chose my word a year early. NOW is the time for determination.
DETERMINATION - not to stay silent if speaking out against hatred is needed.
DETERMINATION - to stand up against events that need standing up against. I think about authors who have written books that have changed the world. It is possible. I must remember that one person CAN make a difference. Could a blog post change the world?
DETERMINATION - to make my voice heard if the quality of life of my brother in law, who is developmentally disabled, is threatened.
DETERMINATION - once again, that I will grow my writing, and my photography, no matter what my personal challenges are this year. Even if it only grows a little, it will be a victory.
Today, I link with #FridayReflections at Everyday Gyaan and Laurel at Alphabet Salad.
Will you join us? Have you picked a word for 2017?
Tomorrow, I join the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Let's see what determination can do.
To all my readers, near and far: HAPPY NEW YEAR!