31 December 2011

one little word-2012

Peace is my "one little word" for 2012.
For those of you who haven't heard of "one little word" be sure to read this.
Basically,  one little word is the word that you would like to sum up your new year.
It took me awhile to find the perfect word.  
Last year, my word came to me quickly.  This year I had to ruminate on it for awhile
A few months ago, I came across this on Pinterest..

I am a huge Gandhi fan, and when I read this, it was so 
"moving"  to me. 
Gandhi was so incredibly wise, and brilliant, and stood for so many things that I truly believe in.
Some of my favorite quotes and mantras of all time have been from Gandhi, such as:

Live simply

The weak can never forgive. forgiveness is an attribute only for the strong.

Strength does not come from physical capacity.  It comes from a indomitable will.

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Where there is love, there is life.

A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.

Hate the sin, love the sinner.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won.

 Those are the types of things that I want to focus on this year.  
These are the traits that I want to meditate on and surround myself with.
Unfortunately, I am looking for ONE little word; not alot of words :)
So, I thought hmmmm could my word be Gandhi? 
To me that is a name, not a word.  I wasn't feeling it.
Then I made a list of adjectives that I thought described Gandhi.
Again, I let these sink in and "peace" was the one that stuck with me.
So for me, the word Peace means so much more than that.
It's a symbolic word that stands for the person I want to be this year:

*  A person who can be the change.
*  A person who loves everyone
*  A forgiving person
*  A strong person
*  A happy person
*  A harmonious person
*  A peaceful person

 So this my friends, is what I leave you with :)

 I offer you peace.
I offer you love.
I offer you friendship.
I hear you cry
I see your beauty
I feel your pain
My wisdom flows from my spirit within
I salute that spirit in you
Let us work together for peace.
-Gandhi (and Janel)


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  1. Thank you for this.

    "The weak can never forgive. forgiveness is an attribute only for the strong."

    I need this quote this morning...

  2. I love the idea of one little word. I didn't journal in 2011, not sure why. So my goal for 2012 is to pick it back up. The one little word seems like a good way to start the first page. Happy new year to you. :)

  3. Great blog post to read first thing in the morning on New Year's Eve. Thank you! I will share!!!

  4. My heart wishes you hope and peace and a new little bundle of joy in 2012!

  5. oops! I didn't realize I was logged in as my hubby when I left that last comment! :)

  6. My word for 2012 is 'peace' as well. It's a great calming and inspiring word that can encompass so many things throughout the year :)


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