Michael Hess inspired us with his three word New Year’s resolution – just be nice.  We’re asking for your own resolutions in just three words.

This year, as I get ready to send my daughter out into a world that often angers me, terrifies me, disappoints me-I want to try hard for her sake, and mine, to embrace these three words:

See the good.

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    • It’s so much easier to see the negative-I think because it gets the attention. I sure see the good in your wonderful comment though, and I heartily wish the same to you! πŸ™‚

    • Tammy-this prompt was a fun exercise for the New Year! I’m excited to hear at some point what your three words might be. I’m also excited to keep in touch with you in the new year-and I promise to do just that:) xx

  1. I try…its hard to sometimes. A young woman near where I live was shot at school not long ago. She recently died. It can be a horrifying world.
    Thank you for the ornament. Although had you known I was THAT Real Cie, the bastion of curmudgeony, you might have been tempted to send a bear trap instead!

    • What happened to that young woman has weighed so heavily on my mind. She was my daughter’s age, and I can’t bear to think of the pain her family must be in. After I read your bio, my thought was that we have a lot in common. I wanted to send you something shiny and evocative of light. Thank you, my friend, for your comment, and for reminding me how much I love the word curmudgeon, too;)

  2. Valerie, my dear, you already do this in your writing, and then you turn and facet it so we can see and understand the good too.

    Your writing always moves me. I feel very blessed to have found you when I found Trifecta. Big hugs for a joyous New Year filled with writing and creativity. :)))

    • Jo-Anne said almost exactly what I was going to say. Really, I echo everything she said. I will add this: remember to look in the mirror, and into the faces of those you love, to see the good. You bring so much good into the world, Valerie, through your writing and your compassion and love. You are part of the good in my life, no doubt.

      • Thank you, both of you, eternally for that! To think that at the beginning of 2013 I was not blessed with either of your friendships seems inconceivable. I can’t imagine traveling this writing path without you now. I wish you both nothing but the best of your hopes and dreams in 2014. xx Hugs:)

    • Janna, I’m going to make a real effort to avoid most news in 2014. I know it distorts my view of the world-and it’s an unrealistic view too. I wish both of us a more positive 2014!! πŸ™‚

  3. I started out the year 2013 with an Only the Good jar . . . filling it with papers on which I wrote about the good things that happened to me and mine. Sort of fell out of the habit along about October, but I have a jar full of blessings I plan to read tomorrow night. I hope you and your daughter will see the good in the coming year.

    • I agree with you so much!! I am prone to depression, and one of the best ways to combat it is to focus on the good. I just have to remind myself to do just that!

      Thank you for your wonderful comment-and Happy New Year to you too:)

  4. Easy to miss the beauty amid the darkness but, it is ever so important to make the effort to look. Good luck letting your little girl go. If she is like you, I am sure she will make the world more beautiful. πŸ™‚

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  6. This one is fantastic. I feel for you sending your daughter into the world. I have two girls, 11 and soon to be 8. I was anxious when my oldest began middle school. It sounds almost easy to see the good in life. I think we get caught up in the bad and it overshadows the beauty still out here. Hopefully she can see the good. Best wishes for the upcoming year.

    • Donetta, I agree! The bad overshadows the good a lot of the time, but it’s there! Maybe I should have my resolution tattooed on myself;) All the best in 2014 for you and your precious family:)

  7. This comes down to focusing on what you want to create, rather than on what you don’t want to create. It’s so easy to focus on the negative and then wonder why we have so much of it in our lives. I wish you the very best with this. A worthy goal indeed. Happy New Year.

  8. Oh..this is so true..the world can be so beautiful if people just turn the TV and the News OFF.. go outside..and move back to their real HOME..nature…

    And oh my goodness..just to take one’s shoes off and connect to the earth..can even make things more hug the earth..without manmade obstacles….So Happy New Year..and be it more beautiful than ever for ya…..

    • I love what you wrote so much! Countless times I’ve found a peace and comfort in nature that can be found nowhere else. The world would be such a better place if we all learned to reconnect with the earth:) A beautiful New Year to you too!!

  9. HAPPY NEW YEAR my friend.
    Your choice of words, well they made me tear up for many personal reasons.
    I believe, deep down in my mushy heart, that seeing the good (or trying very hard to) in every person, in every situation, in every painful moment is the reason that I am still here. It’s saved my life. It’s pushed me to be empathetic and understanding, forgiving (with myself and most other people) and kind.

    it’s an honest resolution. It speaks to being Hopeful and accepting and there is no better way to be.

    Love you my friend. Hope 2014 is all you dream it to be. XO

  10. “See the good” – what a challenge! Thanks for this reminder that we can all use as a mantra. πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!

  11. There is always good, we might not see it first thing however it will become visible to us at some point in time…my favorite book shows that to me time and time again. Cheers beautiful Val. Thank you for being such an encouraging member of Trifecta towards me in these first 10 weeks of participating. Looking forward to a fun 2014 reading all of your words.

  12. I am so guilty of focusing on the negative, perceiving the bad, and expecting the worst. Your three words are a much-needed slap upside the head for me.

    This is such an exciting time for your baby girl (which she will always be, no matter how old she is or how far she travels). I know you will revel in her joy. Oh, and remind me to practice what I preach a few years from now when I’m in your shoes. πŸ™‚

    Lovely three words, my friend. Happy 2014! XOXO

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