- A state of happiness and satisfaction
word of the year.
2016 was when I finished up my first year at my job.
2016 was a year of trying to find out who I really am.
I spent money, emotions, and time on people I wanted to love.
Same goes for places and things I tried.
2016 was a year to try what I never dared to before.
I searched. I found. I got hurt. I loved.
But in the end, what did I really find?
Money? Time? People?
An abundance of these things mean nothing. I searched for what would make me happy. It wasn’t a room full of people. It wasn’t inserting my credit card in the chip machine. It wasn’t days of nothing.
I found happiness in the simplicity of having a cup of coffee in a quiet house while reading my daily text.
I found happiness in sitting on a cliff, sharing a bag of Trader Joe’s dried mangos with people I had just met.
I found happiness in setting up a Travelers Notebook to document all aspects of life.
I found happiness in taking my dog on walks through the neighborhood.
I found happiness in getting to assembly early to talk to one older sister who had enough stories to share for the rest of my life.
I welcome 2017 with open arms as long as it is a journey to find contenment.
2017 will be a year to simplify. A year to be content with what I have. A year to love those who love me.
Simplify. Whether it is materially, financially, or emotionally.
I have things to start with already. I know what makes me happy:
- Jehovah (the Bible)
- The people I love
I searched in 2016.
And what I found will follow me into 2017,
To make me happy.
To make me peaceful.
To make me content.
Treat me well.