What's your word for 2018?
Are you choosing a word for 2018? One to guide your way through the year ahead?
I usually pick something like “simplicity” or “ease” – and for sure, those remain near and dear to my life, home, work, heart. They anchor me.
Yet, over the past while, I've been taking long, wintery walks around nightfall. During these walks, I consider the day gone by...and count my blessings.
During these walks too, I keep returning to one of my favourite poems: "Faith," by David Whyte.
From somewhere needed, its words keep rising to the surface of heart and mind. Those words go this way:
I want to write about faith,
about the way the moon rises
over cold snow, night after night,
faithful even as it fades from fullness,
slowly becoming that last curving and impossible
sliver of light before the final darkness.
But I have no faith myself.
I refuse it even the smallest entry.
Let this then, my small poem,
like a new moon, slender and barely open,
be the first prayer that opens me to faith.
.– David Whyte
So for the coming year, I choose faith.
Faith in self. Faith in others. Faith in kindness. Faith in the Tao. Faith that somehow, someway, it’ll be okay. I’ll be okay.
Have a word for the coming year? One to guide, inspire and light your path? Please share!