2015: Year of Peace
It is a couple of days into the New Year, however in keeping with my word for this year I am not going to try to keep up with what can become a frantic digital world. This year everyone was coming up with one word that they would hold in their minds as they moved through the coming months. I thought about what word I wanted to claim.
It came to me as I sat in mass on the 1st. At the time I was holding a wiggling one year old (this little boy I watch sometimes) and the reading caught my ear:
"May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May the Lord let His face shine upon you and bring you peace."
Peace. Peace was to be my word for 2015. Perhaps it was in reaction to the previous year, which to say the least, was not peaceful. Yet in my heart I knew it was more than that.
I thought of Philippians 4:7 "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." That was the peace I longed for, and what drove me to follow what He asked of me. "Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without." There is some truth to this, but it the Christ within us, that calms the internal storms. In light of my word for 2015, I have the following resolutions:
1. Financial Peace: "The entrepreneur and industry could invent new things for advertising to sell and for people to want and work for indefinitely." - Hunnicutt
In an effort to create financial peace I am resolving to cut back frivolous spending and consider how blessed I am. The age old saying is true, things don't make you happy, but oh the world wants to convince us otherwise!
2. Intellectual Peace: Thinking about everything all the time, does not necessarily give one an edge in this game called life, but it does exhaust the mind. I strive to let go of things that do not need my attention.
3. Emotional Peace: So often those who surround us have a significant impact on our emotional well being. My new rule is that if an individual does not bring peace into my life, then I cannot afford to have them in my close circle. This perhaps has been the most challenging lesson to learn. However as I seek to be a healthier person every day, I am more mindful about those relationships I choose to water. You cannot save the forest.
4. Artistic Peace: As an artist I find when I do not allow for my inner artist to emerge I become grumpy, irritable, and restless. I tend to take this pent up artistic frustration out on others! Once a week I will have an artist date with myself. Perhaps I will post about them on my tumblr @pumpsandblack.
5. Spiritual Peace: This one can be so abstract, but I wanted a concrete way, in which I was going to improve my prayer life. Daily Mass is one way, but I also thought to pray a prayer of gratitude every day. It is shocking how gratitude grows within us, if we let it.
So there you have my resolutions! I would love to hear yours! And here is to a peaceful 2015!