Most of my bloggy friends posted their “One Word” post for 2014 two months ago. In past years, I did the same. You know, in the “I’m not making resolutions! I’m going to live by this one word for the whole year instead!” proclamation sort of way. And then my body and mind would immediately start to rebel against the word I had chosen, and I would completely shut down and run the other direction, never looking back.
I hate failing, so this year I decided to give the word a go and see if it was going to stick before
shouting typing it out for all to hear see. So far, it has gone well. Now I think I am ready to share my word with all of you!
As you may have gathered, I am an introvert. Not the “Oh, I like to hang out with one or two people and do exciting things every day” sort of introvert. More like “I’m spending the day in my house with my doors locked and the curtains pulled and my hood on so no one can communicate with me” sort. However, I have great friends, and I want them to know how much I appreciate them. That’s why I am spending this year on the word “CONNECT”. I want to make sure that my friends know that I’m thinking about them, and they are important to me, even though I stink at calling, or texting, or whatever it is that real people do.
Each month, I will be doing something special for a friend or two. It won’t be anything huge, but a little something to say, “Hey, you matter, and I love you”. I hope that I’ve done a good job so far. I will also be working on cultivating some new friendships. I’m much better at not changing anything, so I make no guarantees on the new friendships, but I will make an effort.
Also, someone (who doesn’t really know me) made a comment to me that it must be nice to get recognition for the “nice things” I do. Frankly, I won’t say how I responded to that, but if you DO know me, you can probably guess. I’m not looking for a pat on the back. I’m very interested in making people I love smile. I’m in it for the joy. I’m in it to keep the family I have made for myself, because my blood “family” has broken my heart for 35 years. If you think anything differently of me, you don’t know me at all.
*** Has someone made you feel special lately? Do you have ideas I might be able to use? What would make YOU feel special? How do you stay connected?