The sad news out of Paris last week captured our hearts. We visited this magnificent city a few months ago and fell in love with its history and elegance and vitality. The city gave us days of wonder, and I fell more than a little bit in love with Paris. No surprise, right? We had walked and walked, taking in the ambiance, the views of the Eiffel Tower, the bridges decorated with gold. In particular, I noticed the beauty of some of the doorways as we wandered the streets of the City of Light.
At the same time as the news of the killings at Charlie Hebdo last week, I was casting around for a word to focus on in 2015. As I admired the spirit of resilience shown in Paris and around the world in the face of tragedy, I was also pondering the way I want to approach life this year. Paris and doors and courage swirled in my mind.
And so, a word for 2015 emerged clearly.
OPEN. This is the way I want to go through 2015. Beginnings and endings and adventures are bound to fill the year. Forging ahead with a mindset of OPEN will give me courage to tackle some new challenges. I’ll be more likely to make the effort to learn, explore, expand my interests. Be up for new experiences.
The coming year will bring some interesting doors, and I can choose to open them and walk through. If one of these doors happens to be the opportunity to plan another trip to Paris, I’ll be flinging that one wide open!
Meanwhile, I’ll be thinking of Paris, cheering on the unity and courage of the people there — sending my little bit of love.
Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays.The first photo is edited with Kim Klassen’s texture Simplicity. Also linking up with the song-inspired party, Song-ography, where the theme song this week is “Give a Little Bit of Your Love to Me” by Roger Hodgson.