Every year in December I pick three words to live my life by for the coming year. I find it keeps me focused on what I want to do, achieve and be.

But this year, I am stuck on one word. Kindness.

Why kindness? Just look at our recent divisive election when politicians instead of talking about the issues that are important to Canadians, spent their time attacking one another.

The world needs kindness.   We need empathy and understanding. In many ways we need to get back to basics, back to the way we were raised in how to treat each other.

There is such unrest around the world. It is frightening at times to think how it will all end. Much of this anger is forcing its way to the surface I think because people feel disenfranchised, that nobody cares and they are struggling to stay afloat in a world where success is measured by what you have, rather than who you are. It’s also a world where there are not enough jobs or ways for people to earn a living.

By being kind to one another, friends, family and complete strangers we are taking steps to dilute this anger, to negate the sense of loneliness that can engulf people who feel alone with their feelings of inadequacy, loss and grief. You just never know when a kind act, deed or word will change someone’s perspective. It is up to all of us.

But it is not just about being kind to others; it’s about being kind to ourselves. So often we have such high expectations.

Maybe we need to cut ourselves some slack and take that pressure off to always be achieving, to always have things perfect.

Maybe we should focus our time on just being.

As maybe then we can reach out to pass on that kindness to others.

Yes, just one word for 2020.  What words would you choose?

Anne Day

Anne Day

Company of Women

I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.