I think I missed writing a blog entry on my theme for 2020, but I did manage to post it on Facebook and I was reminded of it when the new year rolled in. I wasn't thinking of coming up with a theme for this year—to be honest, I wasn't very hopeful; I wasn't really negative about it either, just ambivalent—but then the reminder also reminded me that I did want a life with more intentionality.
So I thought back to what helped me through the 2020 and what I carry with me from it that I believe will help me even more in 2021, and then I came up with this: Beauty.
I actually want to say "lovely," but I feel like "lovely" only works in a sentence. But that is also what I mean. Lovely.
I refer to one of my favorite verses from the bible, which I discovered years ago in an essay I have since forgotten:
"... Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
Whenever something bad happened in 2020, I was always comforted by something lovely. Sometimes I created it, sometimes I sought it out, sometimes it was given to me. Often, I simply focused on it, and it put me in a grateful, grounded space.
This year, I want more of it. Give me more of it.