Every year, I make a resolution or two. They are usually more "goals" than resolutions, since my inner teacher likes measureable outcomes - but this year I thought I'd try something a little different. I thought I'd choose one word, one single word, at the beginning of the year to help me stay tuned into what things I'd like to work most on in my life.
This year: patience.
There were a few other words I considered. Gratitude. Open. Thoughtful. Play. Confidence.
But patience is the quality that I believe if I grow and nurture, it will make the biggest difference in my life.
Now, I'm naturally a pretty patient person. But I've noticed in the last few months (particularly since this horrifically difficult pregnancy began) that I've not been as patient as I could be. As patient as some other parents are? Yes. As patient as I could be? Nope. And I know it's just going to continue to be difficult to remember patience, with a little newborn arriving any day and an active three and half year old to raise.
The older Cole gets, the more I see our attitudes and words reflected in him. He parrots what we say, how we interact with each other. Sometimes the very words and phrases he uses are exactly from our language. So it's even MORE important that I am patient and loving with all my words when I'm interacting with Cole.
Patience. I'll keep ya'll updated on how it goes. :)