They must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller
Prayer comes first, then I select a word for the year. Though rejoice was my choice in 2020, I believe JOY will be my choice, a life choice, for 2022.
My working goals list begins with the reachable accomplishments. Sometimes I challenge myself, but not all the time. Usually, I will complete six out of seven of my annual goals. In 2021, my completion was 50/50. Usually proactive, I’ve been running behind for a few months now. My 2022 master writing goal list will carry over from the previous year.
One of the things I did this past year was rid my office of paper. Five file drawers ended up in an eight-inch-deep portable file. Clearing old computer files will remain on my list.
As a girl, I read a biography on the life of Hellen Keller. I was so moved that I got into character and walked around with my eyes closed, pretending to be blind. I was thirteen when The Miracle Worker movie came on TV. I’ll never forget Patti Duke’s portrayal of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, played by Anne Bancroft. Oh, how I cried.
And guess what? I again pretended to be blind as I went about my day. Closed eyes awakened my other senses. Supposedly, a good way to fight dementia is to bathe or shower with your eyes shut. I do that on occasion. It may be a dangerous habit, but I often go through rooms, even my pantry and closet, without turning on the light. (In 2020 that habit resulted in a broken shoulder bone when I tripped over my husband’s shoes.)
Reflecting on the gift of senses amounts to Joy. I am so thankful I can see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. Those senses come in handy as far as writing emotions is concerned.
I can make goal lists, plans, and to-do lists, but despite any accomplishment or a goal fulfilled, the ultimate joy is in knowing who I am in Christ. Now, that’s heartfelt.