I’m very late to the party this year with my word for 2017.
My word for 2016 was FAITH and although I didn’t actually manage to do even half of the things I’d planned at the start of the year, I did try very hard to live with my word in mind. You might recall my post last year? Despite being a word very much related to religion, but, having no real structured belief system myself, I wanted to focus on the other aspects of the word. Having FAITH in myself to do what’s right for me, in all the areas of my life, including my family, my home, my career, my health and well-being.
Strangely enough, I did sort of discover a different to me, kind of FAITH too. Without realising it, I became much more aware of the customs and rituals that we associate with paganism and I think that will continue for me. With such a small family, perhaps it’s time to start to make our own traditions to hand down through the generations? Don’t get me wrong, a switch hasn’t flipped, it’s more a gentle turning up of the volume.
I was tested, especially towards the end of the year and I’m still being tested. My daughter is in Brighton and truthfully she’s one of my best friends, so it’s hard to not have her so close. My son is in Dublin and I know life could be a lot more fun and will be, when certain things slot into place for him. My youngest still has several hospital appointments to come, one of which includes a horrible lumbar puncture and then there’s the usual pile of poop that comes with Winter viruses and the battered finances of the self employed. However, my glass is always more than half full, even if it’s only water 😉 and I’ve soooo much to be grateful for – everyday. So I’ll keep my FAITH from now on in and add my word for 2017 to it.
It kind of follows on from FAITH, but it’s more personal to me. I would describe myself as HONEST, maybe even too HONEST. I’m quite an open book, I do and will no doubt continue to, be brutally honest about who I am, what I’ve done and when I’ve done it. This has probably cost me friendships, upset people and caused more than just a few raised eyebrows. My life has, in the past been a little unusual by most people’s standards and I’m a massive champion that most people, given time, can work things out. Sometimes they just need a non-judgmental friend with a kind ear and some support.
I’m 100% honest with my kids and always have been. If they’ve been able to ask it, the least I can do is tell them, even when I really don’t want to. It’s paid off with the older two, they’re exactly the same with me and fingers crossed Kye will be the same.
That said, I’m probably not always so HONEST with myself – Simple things, like using one of the many different aids I have to help with my hands. Jar openers, electric can openers, ring pull implements, big scissors, fat pens, chunky cutlery, the list is endless. Do I automatically reach for one of these items to help with the next task? Nope, quite the opposite in fact, I tend to only resort to these ‘helpful’ gadgets, when I’ve tried the usual method at least twice and probably hurt myself – TWAT! (excuse the language, but it’s appropriate). Constantly, insisting (to myself) that I can manage without them, while my family buy me more and more, in the hope that I’ll begin to use something. My ‘real’ tin opener even went missing, shortly after the electric one made an appearance in my kitchen. Great until the battery needs changing.
So in 2017, I vow to be kinder to myself by being honest. In doing so, I’m probably going to have to be slightly unkind to myself too and face some facts – here, I’m specifically thinking about my weight, how much time I spend knitting, never remembering to take my flax seed oil or other supplements, getting enough sleep, exercising and all the other stuff that I’ve put on the long finger.
Being HONEST means I know I’m too chunky, but I’m unable to commit to doing anything about it today. My hands are sore, but HONESTLY, I really want to knit and as much as I know I should probably get an early night, if I’m absorbed in my latest wip, then I’ll probably stay up.
So this is a biggy….
I took it on January 1st while I was ill. Not a trace of make up, just my moisturiser, with no glasses and wet hair. If I’m HONEST with myself, this was incredibly difficult, but start as you mean to go on, it’s OK. Having said that I’m HONESTLY not going out without my make up on anytime soon 😉
Have you picked a word for 2017?
Sorry for the lack of knitting, there’s loads to come.