I took this picture very early this morning as I walked along the Greenbelt in the small town that I call home. As you may be able to tell, January mornings are crisp and cool here, and, we’ve recently received a lot of rain. Normally, any precipitation that falls during this month is in the form of ice and snow, so I am thankful that the weather has been moderate enough to enjoy being outside.
As I was walking along the path, looking at the bare, exposed branches and listening to the sound of the water rushing by, I began to think about what I want to accomplish. We’re already six days into 2019 — have you come up with a list of goals and resolutions for the year, and decided on an “intent” word to help you stay focused?
2018 was filled with so many challenges, obstacles and unfinished business that I have been dreading to take the time to reflect upon it and decide what I want to do, but somehow strolling along the riverbank this morning made it easier to consider the past year, and where I would like to go from here.
2018 was one of the most difficult years that I’ve survived, especially when it comes to my health. One thing that I have learned over the years is that when we are unwell, it affects every other area of our life, usually in a negative way, and that is the short version of what happened to me in 2018. I got very ill, and the fallout affected every single aspect of my life.
What do I want most out of life this year? I want to be healthy.
This year, I am resolved to focus on healing: physically, mentally and spiritually. Just as severe illness impacts every aspect of one’s life, the process of healing and becoming well, becoming whole, does as well.
That’s why I now choose “Heal” as my intent word for 2019. My resolution, or goal, is to become healthy, and whole.