Tuesday, December 30, 2014

In A Word...

It is that time again...reflecting on the past year and trying to figure out what direction you want to stitch in the new year???  Choosing a word as a touch stone for the year is not as easy as it sounds.  I think it helps to look back at last years word and evaluate how well you embraced that word.  One of the issues as pointed out by my cousin is that...it is very easy to forget your word and thus the intent of why you chose it.  Her suggestion is to have the word engraved on a necklace so that when you feel the disquiet of your world you have something tangible to remind you for what kind of life you chose to lead in a given year.

I totally forgot the word...and, actually had to go into the blog archive to see what word I chose.  With that said...it was an emotionally quieter year...but, I think I didn't fully embrace it's message because I forgot my word!!!  This year I will carry it around with me...and, I will reaffirm my word commitment.  In fact...I may make a mini quilt as a talisman for my word.

Are you picking a word to live by?

There is so much strife in the world, stress in our lives, anger in our souls and struggles to live through....as I walk through the city I am reminded about what really is important...not, what I think I need or want...but, what is really important.  Do I want to be "right" or do I want to be "happy?"

For the 2 years I have lived downtown this woman has slept on this street.  Her worldly possessions beside her. She is gone all day but early in the morning she is kneeling in prayer...and, when I see her...she looks about my age.  In the evening she snuggles in to sleep.  I wonder where her family is??? Does she have children???  How did this life stop here???  There are many shelters in the city but her choice is to be here on 10th street...and, as you can see in the background there are holiday diners in a fine restaurant just inside...it is Christmas Day.  She asks for nothing.  

The question begs to be asked...do I need more materially or emotionally? 
And, in her own way this woman is helping me choose my word... 

This year...be grateful, give thanks...embrace the blessing large and small.  I am looking forward to this wonderful year in which we shall share this journey of quilting and camaraderie!