by Kathryn Jane
New Year’s Resolutions? Nope, never been a thing for me.
But five or six years ago I stumbled upon the idea of having a word for the year–something to focus on–and I liked it.
Gratitude, Love, Kindness, Smile, and Joy were among my choices between then and now, and I honestly don’t remember the order except that Joy was last year’s word.
2019 however, became a bit of a conundrum because I just wanted to rehash the old ideas I’d loved so much. They were easy to embrace, and they actually changed how I live my life. They are the backbone of who I am.
But I still needed a new word for this year.
I tossed around be as in, be strong, be real, be me, be bold…. And open, as in open-minded, open-hearted, open to new ideas, open to discussion…
They both seemed to be “good” choices and I could feel righteous with either one of them, but is that what I wanted?
I pondered while the days were counting down, and mentioned my dilemma to a friend who wisely said I shouldn’t worry, because it would come to me when the time was right.
And it did.
This morning, while I was driving through beautiful farmland on my way to feed a colony of feral cats, the word “laughter” popped into my head. I said it out loud, and then I laughed. And laughed again. It was so perfect.
Laughter is wonderful for the soul, and the mind, and according to science, for the body as well. I feel lighter when I laugh. The world seems brighter, and a little laughter often leads to lots more.
So that’s it. My savvy friend was right. What I needed came to me and now I’m looking forward to a year filled with laughter!
And what about you? Have you chosen your word yet? Please share with us!
Kat loves crisp sunny days, the warm breath of a horse, cats with a sense of humor, the smell of the ocean, and her very own charming prince—in no particular order. http://kathrynjane.com
Caleb Broughton is a man’s man, and the last thing he needs is a greener-than-grass new partner—especially a woman he’s been avoiding for months. But when a plane suddenly vanishes, nothing else matters.