What I love about entering a new year, especially this year of 2017 is the feeling of a renewed energy. The sense that one can start again. When I say start again, I don’t necessarily mean start all over again, I mean you and I can pause and do an assessment of ourselves. We can review our lives and see what is working and what is not working and consciously begin to implement changes that will make this new year, 2017, our year.

When we intentionally focus on improving an area of our life that means something to us, the quality of our lives improves. At times, we get caught up with just living and doing. Being busy, we often forget to evaluate what we are creating with the choices we are making. The choices that we make are the ones that ensure our ability to experience great relationships. Doors will open to fulfilling opportunities, quality of time spent with friends and family will increase, examples of how to go about creating happy lives will be modeled to children. Meaningful things happen when we act with intention.

I openly share with you my choice and decision to pick a word that would embody the spirit and actions I am committing to this year. My word for 2017 is “LOVE.” I cannot think of any other word that means as much to me at this stage in my life. In fact, it has always been an important part of my life although I have not always been intentional in how it manifested in my life.

Love and participating in things I love makes me feel good. It puts me in a place of joy and I miraculously find I have more than enough joy to share with others when love is leading the way. That joy tends to have positive effects on others, many far removed from me. It is so easy to share kind words, smile as others pass by, stop to help someone who needs a hand, make a quick phone call to say to an acquaintance who could become a friend. Love and what flows from actions of love are so powerful yet so simple to share.

After I picked the word “LOVE” I happened to find a beautifully framed picture that had the

quote “Let all that you do be done in LOVE.” What a potent idea. It is on my wall so I can see it every morning before I begin my day.

As I sit here writing about living life from a perspective of love with intention in 2017, a song from my childhood keeps running through my head. The Beatles, one of the most popular groups in the world in the 1060’s (yes I am old school) had a song called “All You Need Is Love” also known as “Love, Love, Love.” The Lyrics are simple but powerful. John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote this song after a request was made for a song that would be understood by people of all nations. The song was played for the first time in the first Worldwide TV special in 1967, called “Our World.” This song reflected the thoughts and hopes of the youth at the time.

Today, this song still seems to reflect a desire for many people, young and old.

What if “we the people” lived intentionally in love with love in our hearts? Perhaps empathy would be present when facing individuals outside our immediate circle of family and friends. Perhaps “we as people” would be more inclined to care about the health and welfare of all the people. Perhaps we would fight to make sure everyone is treated fairly and with dignity. Perhaps we would all be happier, because we each would have more love in our hearts to give away. Love, love, love…all we need is love. Enjoy the lyrics to this song.

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done.
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.
Nothing you can say, but you can learn
How to play the game
It’s easy.
Nothing you can make that can’t be made.
No one you can save that can’t be saved.
Nothing you can do, but you can learn
How to be you in time
It’s easy.

All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love. Love is all you need.
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love. Love is all you need.

There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known.
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.
There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where
You’re meant to be
It’s easy.

All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love. Love is all you need.
All you need is love. (All together now).
All you need is love. (Everybody).
All you need is love, love. Love is all you need.
Love is all you need.
Love is all you need.

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