The prospect of newness gets me excited. I think that is why I get a little excited each and every new year. The past handful of New Year Eve's I have worked or had to work the next morning. This is the first time, in as long as I can remember, that I have had the chance to really celebrate.
new years resolutions. They feel constrictive to me. I do however, make year mottos. It is a statement of how I want to live the new year. I had some ideas I wanted to incorporate in this years motto but I really just had a vision of myself I wanted to work towards. Thus I want to share what my motto for 2014 is:
"I will live with the courage of my heart, truth of my mind & fullness of my strength."
I realized afterwards, it sort of follows the pattern of Doctrine and Covenants 4:2, which was totally a coincidence.
As I look forward to the opportunity this year I will have to really establish myself, I see myself as a force of good. In my post college life I see myself working politically for marriage equality in Utah (I suppose I can check that one off my list). I foresee myself being more open with who I am even when I anticipate disagreement or conflict. I visualize myself really growing into someone who's secure in my being and using that to live a life I am proud of.
The courage of my heart is a matter of bravery. I know how I feel about my life and my beliefs. So the act of living with the courage of my heart is an outward expression of what I know in my heart. I have no need to cower in fear of judgement from others. I have no need to keep silent in fear of disagreement. When I live with courage I will do so with the passion, love and fullness of my heart.
The truth of my mind is a matter of understanding and education. I'm going to be a freaking college graduate yo! That means I do not need to obey other's opinions that are based on their own beliefs. I have questioned, reasoned and wrestled with my thoughts for many years and I have come to my own conclusions. Based in other's ideas or words, my mind is crafting its own interpretation. I have no need to worry about what others say to me, because I have say over my life, my thoughts and how I feel.
The fullness of my strength is two fold. First, I can be strong physically. I have the world at my pleasure and I can go enjoy what God has created. He didn't make this beautiful earth for his own enjoyment, but that I "might have joy". I can go see, explore and love this earth while simultaneously strengthening my body.
Secondly, I have the power to help others. I can use my life, my words, my love and my strength to help those in anyway needed. I want to give and serve, to help those who need it. Whether helping a friend in sadness or a stranger in life I have the strength to help.
Last night as I was driving to my friends house for the party, I was dancing in my car with the music blasting. I was and still am, in a superb mood. It's going to be a great a year.
Below is the design for my year motto.