Each year I have a guiding word. A mascot. Last year it was "Embrace".
It's hard to describe how a guiding word comes to be. It's a connection... sort of a message of what I need to focus on in the coming year. This year I tried on a few that might seem a little cliche: "Peace" was a huge contender, especially with all of the terrorist acts lately, as well as "Believe" and "Joy".
But "Love" kept nudging in, popping up in the form of hearts in odd places ... reminding me that without love, the others don't matter. Love is the greatest medicine, the only cure for what truly kills us, and the energy that triggers the rest of those good words.
1If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.3And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.…
1 Corinthians 13:2
So Love it is. I hope no matter what I do in 2016, I do it with love and am guided by love.
It's only fitting that soon after I made my decision, past clients-turned-friends stopped by with a gift... a cross handcrafted from reclaimed wood from an old house, adorned with a quote about God's Love.
I love my job.
I wish all of you a blessed 2016, filled with love and guided by love.
Happy New Year!
Love... it surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be.
~ Khalil Gibran