This year, my word is grace. It is a word that can mean many things to different people. It means many different things to me…
All things I aspire to be, feel and experience.
As I think about my life and where my journeys have taken me and where they may lead me, I believe that grace is the perfect word as I begin this new chapter.
Defining grace isn’t easy though so I looked to others for help…
“Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.” William Hazlitt
And then I thought about what grace means to me. Fortunately I am surrounded by grace. Nature knows what grace is.
The smell of the earth after a thunderstorm
The sound of waves as they kiss the shore
The quiet hush of snow falling
The tender flowers blooming in the spring
The leaves gently rustling in breeze
The feel of the warm sun upon your face
The enchantment of discovering magical places
The reverence for the beauty that is all around us
Grace is integrity and honor. It is doing the next right thing. It is moving forward and not having regrets. It is the small courageous voice that keeps us going.
It is growth and learning and the wisdom that comes from sadness and pain. It is surrendering and letting go and turning over. Grace is crying and laughing. It is small moments and small miracles. It is open hearts and open arms.
It is blessings and gratitude. It is faith and the deep belief that it will all be ok. It is finding serenity and peace. It is hope and optimism and truth. It is the hand of a child and the kindness of a stranger. It is friendship and compassion.
Grace is light and love
Most of all, I think grace is the ability to be still, take gentle breaths, and fall in love with life again.
Here’s to my year of grace.