I've been struggling to decide on my word for 2011. Meditating about it, arguing with myself about it, debating, blah, blah, blah.
Last year's was "mindfulness" and about the only thing I was mindful of was my art.
Well, and the world around me, details about that. Both of which I appreciate and am grateful for. Not so much about my health or my spirituality. Which was kind of the plan.
So, long story short, I've chosen "Kindness".
Kindness in the sense of being kind to others. In the line of work I do, kindness isn't the most important quality I must possess. (In fact, there are times when the opposite is called for.) It is, however, an asset, and when I AM mindful (lol) of that, the benefits are many. Being more kind to the clients, to my staff, kinder to my colleagues.
This past year, I've made a decision to try to smile more. At strangers. Not just people I know.
And it changes everything! (Well, OK, maybe you all know that already, but it's news to me.)
Kinder to those I love and those I don't love, and maybe most importantly kinder to myself.
I want to take better care of myself,
quit being so hard on myself, accept myself, laugh at myself more.
But baby steps.
I won't be kind to EVERYONE.
See, it's already working.
Wish me luck.
(PS, the dog's name is Fala and she's one of my grandbabies. Isn't she sweet?)