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--
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.