2016: The Year of More Love
Rather than making New Year’s Resolutions, every year I set a theme for the year. More of a focus, rather than a resolution. After much reflection, I’m excited about this year’s theme, 2016: The Year of More Love.
This is a multi-faceted theme. It of course begins with Self Love. How can I be even more loving to myself? More candlelit bubble baths, more fresh flowers, 8 hours of sleep a night, saying no more often, or yes more often to the things I really want to do, rather than should do, speaking my truth from the heart, eat more fruits and vegetables, dance more, keep playing and having fun, balancing it with rest and quiet time, spend more time with the people I love and enjoy, not beating myself up for the ten pounds I have gained (it sure was fun!).
Then there is taking an honest look at my life. At the things I have in my life, the things I do in my life, the people around me. Do I love what I have, and what I do? If not, why do I have them, or do them?! What parts of my life do I love or not love? I am convinced if we all lived lives we truly love, the world would be a much better place. Can you imagine it? A world where people are excited to wake up in the morning because they love themselves and their lives. Imagine how differently the world and everyone in it would be greeted. Can you??
Expressing love. Why are we afraid to tell people we love them and how much they mean to us? I know it’s not just me. What ways can I express love more? I am reminded of my former father in law’s funeral. People spoke at his funeral, saying so many wonderful things about how they admired and respected him, and the affect he had on their lives. I never heard anyone say these things to him when he was alive. I can’t help but wonder the impact it would have had on him and his life, if we had all said these things to him when he was alive.
A less obvious expression of love, is speaking the truth about my feelings. I don’t mean the good ones. Those are a little easier to express. It’s a lot harder to expose my tender, vulnerable heart. It’s easier to lash out in anger or walk away, rather than admit how much I am hurt. Can you relate? Sometimes, writing my feelings down or speaking them out loud to myself is enough (Yes, I talk to myself!). Acknowledging my feelings is one of the most loving and accepting things I can do for myself. Even if not received well by the person I am expressing them to.
Yes, I would love to be in a loving relationship with a really special guy. Maybe 2016 will be the year! I am definitely putting more time and energy into finding the right guy for me. Any guy will not do. A lot of that focus is on myself, making sure I am a good match for the partner I want. I am in no rush. However, I do want to be ready when Mr. Right walks into my life! I have a drawer in the bathroom and two drawers in the dresser ready for him. Now to create some closet space! 😉
I am grateful for the immense amount of love I have in my life. That doesn’t mean there are things in my life that are well, less than love. Who doesn’t have room in their life for more love? The more the better! No such thing as too much love. Wishing you all a wonderful year Full of More Love!!!