This past January, I set ‘Peace’ as my Word of the Year (WOTY). My goal was to focus on simple ways to bring peace to others as well as to myself. So, how am I doing six months after setting this intention? Please join me in a candid review (gulp here).
On the top of my list of actions was reading. Early on, I read books specifically focused on peace. Juggling three different book clubs (and now a Netgalley membership), I haven’t kept up this reading, but I have continued to look for peace within all reading contexts. Jane Austen is a perfect (and often cited) example of providing comfort in difficult times. Her books have much to say about resiliency and perseverance. So much so that Austen’s works were often prescribed to World War 1 soldiers suffering from shell shock. Winston Churchill was consoled during his illness by having his daughter read Pride and Prejudice to him. Professor Dr. Paula Byrne (with a focus on bibliotherapy) likens reading Austen to “crawling under a warm duvet on a cold night.” In the reading experience, we are simultaneously challenged and comforted with honesty, compassion and humour. (Source).
Peace Project: The (Travelling) Little Book of Inner Peace
In early February, I sent three copies of The Little Book of Inner Peace to friends in three different countries. To my delight, I recently heard from the current recipients of Book A (originally sent to Surfers Paradise, Australia) and Book C (originally sent to San Diego, California).
Here’s Book A being read on the beach in Buderim, Australia. It then went on to visit Heather in Wellington, New Zealand. It is now hanging out with Samantha in Papeete, Tahiti. Beside it is Book C which is currently in Baltimore with Parissa. I love the backgrounds of both!
I wish Books A, B & C longevity and continued travel adventures.
With my mother recently suffering a severe injury, the past two months have been challenging. As a silver lining, I found that much of the work that I’ve done on inner peace proved to be helpful during this time. In summary, here’s what worked for me:
• taking one step at a time
• connecting to the present moment
• recognizing what I can do (and starting there)
• focusing on the positive
• maintaining (even just minimally) constructive routines, e.g. exercise
• limiting time on social media (and other tasks that could be delayed or did not serve)
• surrounding myself with true friends (even when I was ‘out of touch,’ I knew that they were there)
Accepting what I cannot control has been a more difficult challenge for me, but I’m working on it!
With the hectic pace of the past couple of months, I discontinued journaling. I have found that my blogging has satisfied my writing needs. This post alone allowed for much internal reflection before I even typed a single word.
What About You?
Have you set a Word of the Year (or goal or resolution) for 2022? If so, how has it been going? Please share with my cohosts Debbie, Jo, Sue and me in the comments or by linking up with us.
We’d love to hear from you!