Today, on the last day of 2015, I want to sum up my journey this year with my One Little Word, grace.
When I chose this word I had an image of myself, welcoming friends into our home, sharing our life and space with them, and treating them with love, kindness and respect. It took me a while to figure out the word that described that image but I finally caught it: grace. It perfectly described how I wanted to treat people, how I wanted to handle situations (the happy and stressful ones), and how I wanted to move through my days.
Like everything in life, there were times when I felt like I nailed it and times when I felt like I completely missed the mark. But you know what? Nailing it every time isn’t the point. The point is to keep trying. To learn from our mistakes and do better when we know better.
Throughout the year I found lots of quotes about grace that really illuminated my feelings about this word. Quotes like:
“There are some of your graces which would never be discovered if it weren’t for your trials.” C.H. Spurgeon
“She believed the cracks were openings for grace.” Studio Lila
“Grace isn’t a little prayer you say before a meal, it’s a way to live.”
“Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you.” Elise de Wolfe
My words don’t really leave me. Joy, my word from 2014, is still very much a part of my focus and I know grace will be as well. But for today, it’s time to remember this quote because it is absolutely perfect for my last day of focusing on this word:
“Let today be the day you learn the grace of letting go and the power of moving on.” Steve Maraboli
Come back tomorrow and I’ll tell you my word for 2016.