2017 Word of the Year

It’s that time of the year when people start setting resolutions and picking a word for the year. I am not setting any resolutions – I have a constant goal to take better care of myself and my people, but I don’t consider that a resolution because I don’t think I’ve ever really done a bad job of that in the past.

I do like to pick a word for the year though. This year I have chosen to focus on Compassion. Compassion for myself – stop blaming myself and start forgiving myself. Compassion for other – if we all had a little bit more compassion for our fellow man maybe things wouldn’t feel as scary as the do these days.

Instead of jumping to conclusions or assuming the worst, I am going to focus on being compassionate to those around me.

What is your word for the year?

I’m still quilting away out here in Washington and would love to quilt for you too! I am trying to go back to school to finish my teaching credential so feel free to help me pay for it by hiring me!

Best of luck to everyone in 2017!

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5 Responses to 2017 Word of the Year

  1. Susan says:

    Melissa, that is perfect! I’ve just been editing a book for a friend, and this is one of the chapters she has – not presuming that everyone gets out of bed in the morning thinking about who they can offend that day! You will be a great teacher! And compassion is something you will need a lot.

  2. Can’t wait to hear how you focus on compassion over the year. It’s a great word that is often forgotten in daily life. Good luck on your teaching credentials.

  3. Barb N says:

    I think my word for the year will be “Tenacity”. Hanging in there and seeing things through to the end. After looking it up in the online dictionary, I found that stubbornness was a synonym – imagine that! At any rate, tenacity is a good thing for all of us – it doesn’t let us give up hope, it keeps us facing forward, and it allows us to forge ahead. Just because.
    Happy New Year for you, and I, too, think you’d make a wonderful teacher!

  4. Judy H says:

    Completion, which according to one definition means conclusion/fulfillment. Get all those loose ends tied up.

  5. Cindy says:

    I love your word for the year. I have chosen “Mindful” I need to be more mindful of everything! Mindful of not judging, mindful of what I waste, mindful of my stewardship of this earth, mindful of what I say, mindful of what I put in my mouth. You get the point. Hope my word is not too broad. Happy New Year and I look forward to what you have to teach us this year!

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