This New Years’ Eve was happily no different from the last 3 decades and then some. We spent the evening doing a puzzle (and eating tasty snacks, of course).
Heck, I recently came across a picture of us during the dating years. We are both leaning over a table in my parent’s house, yes, doing a jigsaw puzzle. Certainly a piece of our story.
If you know us, you know we look for a puzzle and save it for December 31st. Our kids and friends, inevitably ask what puzzle we have chosen.
Some years the chosen puzzle is a snap. Time zooms by as we wait for the hands of the clock to strike midnight. This year’s choice took 3 hours in the evening, then 2 more hours the following day. It was a challenge and boy howdy did we feel a sense of accomplishment when that last piece (which was on the floor, duh) was put into place.
(side note) Mr. Right was a marriage counselor for several years, more times than I can count, people ask, what’s the secret? How do we keep our relationship working smoothly & thriving, vital, happy etc? One answer I want to give is jigsaw puzzles, haha. Every now and then, spend five hours sitting next to someone, with a common goal and you get lots of communicating done.
Once we get all the pieces turned over, the music is on, somehow the evening holds its own magic and the ideas come tumbling out. On the cusp of the new year, we talk about wishes, goals, resolutions. We say them aloud to the universe.
In that exact moment when the clock strikes midnight, we honor the moment……..we dare to hope.
Above the neighborhood fireworks, the mad dash to brush our teeth before the midnight smooch, there is an electric feeling in the air. A feeling of possibility & hope for the new year.
This year, I have chosen the word Honor.
I will slip it into my pocket and carry it with me the entire year ahead.
When looking up the word Honor you will find descriptive words:
dignify, exalt, adore, keep, respect
I intend to honor the health choices that have brought me to this moment. I want to be brave enough to talk about how, for five years, I have healed by following a path less traveled.
I intend to honor my body with continued excellent food, sunshine, movement and fresh air.
I intend to honor our home. I make an effort every day and will continue to create a sanctuary of beauty and peace. A beautiful place to thrive, rest & renew.
I intend to honor my craft. I will create and share with my family, works of art from my hands. This is the year, I intend to have pictures taken of my hands creating beautiful pieces that will be given to our children and grands. To me, this is much more than a hobby. These are pieces of my heart and soul that I am choosing to honor my family with.
I will, with intention, honor my husband. I will no longer, leave out glowing comments about the man I spend my days with. I will try my very best to soften the edges as to not sound boastful. With the intent of not bragging, I have found myself, not exalting how fortunate I am.
It is my goal to remember to say aloud and thank him on a daily basis for guiding our family, taking the reins, mapping our course, lifting me up, making me feel like a giddy school girl who is loved and adored.
It is my job to honor him. I am very good at my job. I am going to try to be a bit better.
Not because he saved my life.
Not because I promised years ago to honor and cherish him.
Not because he leaves me a handwritten letter every single morning that he leaves for work.
No, not because he brings me fresh flowers every single Sunday. Yes, every single Sunday.
GOOD GRAVY, I love that man and I want to intentionally honor him through my actions & words on a daily basis. He deserves to hear how much he is respected, adored, loved and honored every day.
Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill. Buddha
I would love for you to share the word you have chosen to slip into your pocket for 2018. Maybe we can lift each other up? By sharing our words, intentions, and wishes just maybe, we will each be stronger and more successful in attaining our goals?
Happy New Year!
In this together, friends.