Every year I choose a word to focus on; a word of the year, if you like. Usually at some point it just pops into my head at some point, but I must say this year that didn’t happen. I did find myself thinking about the word Love on one run, nothing else has popped into mind, so I’m going with it.
Love: it’s a good word, isn’t it? It’s all you need and all around, after all.
Not too long ago I wrote about how important self love is (read it here). If you don’t love yourself, you will never be able to change whatever in your life you want to change (assuming you want to change something).
If you don’t love yourself, you will never appreciate what you do have and find happiness. It all starts with self love.
Love Your Life
We all have bad days, weeks, months, even years. Life happens and it ain’t always pretty. Here’s the thing, though: we only have one life. Hating your life is just a waste of time, don’t you think?
That doesn’t mean you have to love everything about your life, and it also doesn’t mean that you have to accept everything about your life. You have the power to change. If you don’t come from a place of love in the first place, though, that change is unlikely to stick.
Love the Process
This is one that doesn’t come easily to me. Enjoying the process without getting hung up on the end result. I chose to do this, right? The good and the bad — it’s all part of the process.
Learn to love the process and the end results will take care of themselves.
Love Your Home
This one really doesn’t come easily to me. I would rather do almost anything than clean and declutter. When I do those things, though, I am happier. I have made a lot of progress this year — but there is still lots more work to do before I really love my whole home.
As with loving yourself, though, loving your house, warts and all, is the key to loving your home (see what I did there . . . house vs home?).
Love starts with yourself, but it will spill over into all areas of your life. The more you love yourself, the more you can love others — warts and all.
Have you ever picked a word to concentrate on for a year?
Do you have a 2019 word? What is it?
What are of love do you need to work on?
Looking back and forward
2018’s word was Believe (you can read that post here). In rereading that post, I was only signed up for one half when I wrote it — The Cape Cod Half Marathon (read about it here), which was part of the AMR retreat. And yet I ran 2 other halfs (here and here) and an 18 mile race (read about it here).
Guess what? I’m only signed up for one half in 2019, too, and I’m not even sure I will make it to the starting line due to circumstances beyond my control — although I would definitely still love to.
2018 broke my Half PR streak, but there were still enough PRs to make me happy. I had to dig deep and really believe to tackle my longest race in one of our hottest summers ever. There were quite a few curveballs on the personal front. Here’s what I wrote last year about Believe:
Even without a plan, I believe that 2018 can be a great year filled with new challenges to conquer, more fun with friends, and yes, hopefully more hiking, too!
You know what? Except for the hiking, I was right on (although at least there was some hiking). And here’s what I believe about 2019: no matter what happens in 2019, with the right attitude, I will love 2019, I will accept the highs and the lows, and no matter what life throws at me, this too shall pass.