Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Word--2017


I'm writing this post on the day after Thanksgiving.

There a so many things going on in the world sometimes it's hard to focus on yourself.  Your mental health which translates to your physical well being.

At the beginning of the year some people, including me, select a word of focus for the coming year.  By the time a few months have passed we forget what the heck that word WAS.  One word, thought, STATE OF MIND is always foremost in my personality.  I reflect on it often.  My intention through the coming year...better yet the rest of my life...will be to intensify it.  The state of being is GRATEFUL.

My WORD for 2017 is Grateful.  Each post will end with something I am grateful for, but will not include all those common things people include in a list.  It's a given that I am grateful for friends, family, my pet friends, my home etc.  Each time I post I'll look for some uncommon thing to realize and pay special attention to. Give that a shot...sometimes not so easy.  I'm going to add the list to my sidebar as well.

Today I am grateful for the birds that are visiting my feeders.  They give me joy to watch them coming and going.  They give me satisfaction knowing I am providing them with a habitat with food, water and shelter.   Birds.

21 comments:

  1. Grateful is a wonderful word, and way to live.

    Happy Holidays ~ FlowerLady

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  2. this is really a wonderful idea-I just may participate this year-

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  3. Excellent idea! Thanks for the thought, now I need to think about that thought. :) I like you new look developing, Carol!

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  4. I like this idea. I have tried to find one thing to be grateful for each day. Just one thing. Not a laundry list. And like you not the usual suspects. It is a challenge but a good, helpful one. When I go swimming that usually becomes my grateful for that day. Since it is so important to my physical and mental well being. The other days I have to work harder at finding things.....

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  5. I know many people choose a word to focus on each year and I think the one you have chosen is a great one. We all need to learn to have more gratitude for the small things in our lives.

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  6. Hi Carol what a wonderful idea ,i look forward to your posts.

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  7. I applaud you for doing this!! Enjoy your posts already so will look forward to you sharing your 'grateful' thoughts in your posts...perhaps it will remind each of us to be more grateful!

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  8. Beautiful idea-I also love watching birds, and I love to feed them. I'm grateful I have two geese and a dove to love, and that love me back. They have given me so much-there's no counting all the blessings I have from loving those birds!

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  9. Kindness was last year's word. I am borrowing your yours this year

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  10. :) I've never participated in this, but I do think your word is a timely one. Our attitudes are so influenced by such a simple practice. Great choice, Carol!

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  11. I love your focus on being grateful! November was a particularly difficult month for me. I frequently found myself thinking, "Is it January yet?!" However, I decided that was a rather negative response on my end. Instead wishing for a quieter time of year to finally arrive, I began focusing on all of the things I was truly grateful for in the present. It has really helped me stay positive, in spite of the curve balls life has thrown our direction. Sending hugs your way! Birds are truly a joy to watch, aren't they?!

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  12. Grateful is good. You might need to remind yourself often of these things in the coming year. Right now I can't think of a word except wishhewasn'tmypresidentelect but I don't think that counts. Hmmmm, will have to think on this one.

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  13. I love this idea. This word is one that we ALL should reflect on and certainly keep in focus. Should help us look past all of the unpleasant and not-so-nice things that seem to take our attention away from being "Grateful."

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  14. The other day I heard a story on NPR about 'gratitude'. I think I've always been very grateful for my life and everything around me -- but like you this is a word/attribute that I want to focus on this coming year. Being thankful is so easy -- but remembering to be is a bit more difficult. Here's to a year of living in gratitude!

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  15. This is a lovely idea. It's easy to forget about all the little things that brighten the day and it would be good to acknowledge them more often :)

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  16. Excellent word choice. The one thing I know about gratitude is that it makes one happier. If we are focused on our blessings and haves instead of our lacks, we are always in a better frame of mind. I will look for your blessings every day!

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  17. A lovely idea, Carol. I wish more and more people would start appreciating what they have rather than hankering after what they don't.
    Have a great December!!

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  18. I have tried that in the past..... but my word always changes every day. I'm so like that... I think it there was ONE consent word though--- it would be hungry. Does that count? lol
    big hugs,
    Cheryl

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