For the past few years I’ve been choosing a word at New Year’s to represent what I wanted to bring into my life in the 12 months ahead. In 2011 that word was space. In 2012 I chose clarity. In 2013 I chose presence. If you’ve been following this blog for the past few weeks, it will come as no surprise to you that my word for 2014 is forgiveness.
*Photo credit – Christopher May on Flickr
Choosing a word is about setting an intention for the year. This year, I’ve decided to be more intentional about my intention. In the past number of years I’ve chosen a word, and thought about it from time to time, but I haven’t done a whole lot about it. In 2014 I’m changing my approach. I’m a planner, so it makes sense for me to plan how I’m going to bring more forgiveness into my life this year. I’m already doing some reading, which is giving me a lot of food for thought. I’d like to take the things I’m learning, and over the course of the year, answer these four questions for myself:
- How do I define forgiveness?
- Why do I want to forgive myself and others?
- What actions are required of someone who is seeking forgiveness?
- How do I express forgiveness, to myself and to others?
To find the answers I’ll be doing more reading, talking to people, and exploring some spiritual practices. My hope is that, in the process, I will be bringing more forgiveness into my life. Or perhaps I will just be recognizing the abundant grace and forgiveness that is already all around, which is pretty much the same thing. No matter what happens, though, I’m excited about the journey, which I think is a good sign.
How about you – are you choosing a word for the year? If so, I’d love to hear what it is, and how you’re setting your intentions for 2014!