I'm not good at New Year's resolutions so I haven't made many the past few years. This year, though, I felt the need to refocus my life a bit and decided that January was a great time to make a change. At the end of last year I came across the idea of picking one word to focus on for the year instead of making a list of resolutions that are out the door before the chocolate from Valentine's day is in the stores (which seems to get earlier and earlier every year!). I loved the idea of focusing on a word for the year because it seems so manageable. My word for 2011 is Faith - a word that I think found me more than I found it.
Daily life demands make it easy for me to lose focus of the truly important things in life, to get pulled off balance. I find my one little word grounds me. I've found focusing on Faith has empowered me - to try new things and to believe that all the changes we are undergoing this year will work out better than we can imagine. Focusing on Faith has been refreshing.
Each month I am reminded that with faith and persistance, all things are possible. So far this year I've witnessed my daughter Emma (3.5 years old) go from being completely immobile to commando crawling in a straight line, to commando crawling and turning around while crawling, crawling over and under pretty much everything in the house. She has gone from needing full assistance to use her gait trainer to being able to use her gait trainer independently to go in a straight line. I've witnessed my husband complete his first marathon and Julia (5.5 years old) start to read some words in her books. As for me, I've managed to try my hand at some sewing and craft projeccts that turned out better than I expected.
Our family will see a lot of changes in the next couple of months. We will move, navigate a new early intervention system for Emma, Julia will start Kindergarten, we will have to find new doctors, make new friends, and learn a new area. All this change is not for the faint of heart! I sure am glad I chose Faith for 2011 because I'll be leaning heavier than ever on my Faith that everything will turn out better than expected. Bring it on!