Saturday, January 07, 2017

Let There Be Peace

I don't know about you, but I'm really DONE with strife.  It seems like the news--internet, TV or print-- is all about strife and problems.  As I was perusing the newspaper this morning, I closed it up and told The Professor, "Humanity is hardly living up to its best."  There were arrests, arraignments, murders and on and on.  Of course, I know that sensational news is what sells.  But it certainly does not promote PEACE.

This post isn't a rant about anything.  It's about my word for 2017.  I don't make resolutions.  Hopes and goals is what I call my focus for each year.  I usually choose a word in December or early January that distills what I want for focus in the year.  For example, in 2013 I chose SAVE.  LIVE was my word in 2015. Last year, 2016, it was SIMPLE.  If you care, you can click on the years and read those posts of hopes and goals for those years.

For 2017, I have chosen the word PEACE.  Several times in the past few years, people have entered my home and declared, "This is such a peaceful place." (That may have some connection to my decluttering tendencies-- peacefulness is easier in uncluttered places.)  I began to notice how often those comments were made and wondered about it.  It is true that The Professor and I live generally quiet and contented lives.  No one is more content in his outlook on life than is the The Professor.

Then this week I opened a packet of herbal tea from Traditional Medicinals.  TM always has an inspirational quote on the tab holding the string to the tea bag.  But this time the tab had only one word--
PEACE  

I realized that this is what I am craving.  A peaceful home, a peaceful attitude, a peaceful life.  I sure wouldn't mind a peaceful world, either.  It will just have to start here, in me, at Willow's Cottage.   This year I want to focus on keeping that PEACEful sense not only in my home but also in my physical, spiritual, social and mental life.

10 comments:

Snoopydog said...

PEACE is the most perfect choice of word for the time that we find ourselves living in. Wishing you and your family a peaceful 2017!

Deb said...

I totally agree with your post. There IS way to may strife in this world and nation of ours. This past year has been the worst I've seen. No unity at all - from the top to the bottom of our society. So sad. I think PEACE is a great word for the year and it is what we all need. It has to start first in our hearts and then go outward into our families, relationships, communities and finally the world. After reading your blog for several years, I would imagine that your home is a lovely and peaceful place. Thanks for your thoughts and your great example. Hope 2017 is a wonderful and peaceful year for ALL of us! Enjoy the coming week.

nikkipolani said...

And may the peace of Christ be with you!

ellen b said...

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

A very good choice for 2017.

Susanne said...

Love this choice of word for 2017 and I have to tell you that yesterday this was the word I was feeling very strongly for my word for the year too. I started a daily devotional by Ann Spangler called Becoming a Woman of Peace and I'm very much looking forward to this becoming a focus for the year.

Karen said...

I love your word choice for the year. Peace is something I'm craving, too. And, you're right, the less we have, the more likely we are to find room for peace.

Happy New Year to you.

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Faith said...

That is a great word for 2017. Loved reading this!!

Anonymous said...

Love this. Love your word. Love you!

May this be an exceptionally peaceful year.

Melissa S.

Gracie Saylor said...

Amen! May you feel the peace that passes understanding growing in you always so that it continues to spill out into our world that needs to know the Prince of Peace is in control.