For 2016, I chose "Determination" and then promptly forgot about the word.
For 2017, I decided perhaps I was a year too soon with that word, and chose Determination again. In part, I said:
"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. "
And then I promptly forgot about the word.
So, what did 2017 hand me, and others I know?
One of my first cousins died. At that time, I learned that he was in the early stages of Parkinson's, which contributed to the cause of his death (choking on food).
A co worker's mother died on Christmas Day.
A fall my spouse took that he may not ever heal completely from.
Someone I went to high school and college with was diagnosed with cancer.
My family faces many challenges with future planning for my developmentally disabled brother in law.
As we age (I am officially a senior citizen now), people we know sicken, or, sometimes, die. We will go down that last path one day ourselves, and that realization has hit me hard in the past year. That realization makes relationships more important than ever.
We like to think of ourselves as independent. But when my spouse fell in October, and ended up in the ER, I suddenly found myself being helped with various issues, and I am grateful for each and everyone of them. In fact, we are all interdependent.
I need to pay this kindness forward.
Tomorrow, I join, once again, the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I am thinking of how I cherish some of these blogging relationships - I look forward to making cyberfriends this year through this and other challenges.
So I am not going to choose a word this year. But I do have some goals that I need to work on.
I hope I can be a good friend to my friends, old and (hopefully) new. I hope I can be someone who will be honest, someone who will make you laugh, someone you can trust, someone who will stand by you. And, in my own little way, perhaps I can start to change the world with one little ripple.
One little flap of my butterfly wings.
|Courtesy of my guest photographer|
I look forward to interacting with some of you this January, in the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost.