Shine bright like a diamond.
Why thank you, Rihanna. I think I will.
Newsflash: I suck at keeping resolutions. They always seem to involve getting healthy and fit while making Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels my BFFs. Run a marathon. No more pop. Get addicted to the elliptical. Drink ALL the water. Become a yogi. Park at the back of the lot and walk. Never eat another bite of sugary, processed goodness. Everything in moderation. Join the Silver Sneakers Mall Walking Club for 40-Somethings. Become an Olympic athlete. (Obviously my “goals” are not terribly realistic nor consistent.) Nonetheless, each year I feel determined and ready to take on the
treadmill world … for about five minutes, then the next thing I know I’ve got a Cheetos goatee and I’m feeling like a failure who can’t last an entire week working toward a goal. Cue emotional eating.
It’s not pretty.
So I’m ditching resolutions. Shaking them off just like Taylor Swift told me to. (I might be taking some liberties with the meaning of those lyrics, but this is my Justification for Not Having a Resolution; I can do what I want. Hush.)
I want to take on this new year with realistic energy and purpose–a thought to guide my actions. So, rather than fail at another resolution to get tight and toned where I think ThisYearI’mGonnaDoIt … NoReallyIWill …. IMeanIt … NeverMindJustPassTheDoritos, I’m choosing a word that I want to serve as a purpose and reminder to me of what’s important. How I can make the world better–for myself, my family, my friends, my community. A thought I can reflect on to make sure that the work I’m doing is meaningful. My beacon and call to action.
My word for 2015 is SHINE–I want to shine my light in the world, shine a light on others, and live with such passion and intensity that I can’t help but shine brightly.
In big ways and small, I can shine.
promoting others in their work and efforts.
performing random acts of kindness.
sending a card to someone during a difficult time.
sharing more of other bloggers’ posts.
calling attention to causes that need more eyes and ears.
telling other people how much they mean to me.
catching my kids being good.
offering gratitude and appreciation for the goodness in others.
being the best version of me.
I was inspired by Taylor Swift. (Shut it. I really was.) I’ve tried hard not to
be a Forty-Two Year Old Fan Girl like her because I’m too mature for that pop radio cuteness (shush!), but every time I’d let my guard down, I’d find myself dancing like a fool to a song on the radio because she’d written another good one with a positive message and a fun beat where she’s perfectly happy in her own dorkiness and I just couldn’t resist. Miss Swift’s Happy Force was too strong. I was a fan. No, I AM a fan. And, then I saw this video and felt like I needed to do more things like this to bring goodness and light to the world.
Then yesterday in my Facebook feed, I saw that my cousin shared a picture of his dog with Photo Doggies for Anthony. I figured it was a dog owner thing and didn’t think anything of it. Until I saw another friend doing the same. Then another. So I clicked on the link to see what all of these dog pictures were about. That’s when I learned about a boy named Anthony who is going through chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. He loves getting visits from therapy dogs, but that doesn’t happen every day. So to help brighten his spirits on the days without a visit, a friend of his family created this event for people to share photos of their dogs for him to enjoy. The response has been pretty spectacular (over 700,000 people following along and sharing pictures–to share your pics, click HERE) and is exactly the kind of thing that’s inspired me. In a matter of seconds, people all over the world have brought light to this kid–and to many others as we see the photos of cute pooches being shared. And that’s exactly the kind of thing I want to do–in big ways and small, I can make the world a better and brighter place.
I’m going to spend 2015 doing my best to Shine and bring light to others. Because one small spark is all it takes to make an ember glow.
What word will be yours for 2015? Share it in the comments!
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