Writers naturally gravitate toward anything involving words. New Year’s goals are no different. Resolutions may be written down with hopes and plans that this year will be different. Usually they’re not.

For the past several years, I have heard of a different approach to facing the new year. Some of my writer friends chose a word of the year to be their focus. This word will act as their guide for how to behave in the future.

This is not the same thing as the word of the year chosen by various dictionaries; instead, this is a personal choice. What do I want to focus on improving in 2020?

Two different sayings recently crossed my path, making me think about an area of personal self-improvement. Both of them resonated within me. One of them was a saying on Twitter, which I retweeted:

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

The other saying appeared as part of a friend’s Facebook post where she talked about what she’d learned from her mother:

I learned to be kind to other people regardless of their circumstances or their attitude. We do not know what they have been going through.

You may notice a common word in both of these sayings, “Kindness.” My choice for word of the year was an easy pick.

If you want to learn more about choosing a word of the year, this link was helpful and had over 100 possibilities:  https://www.blessingmanifesting.com/2017/12/choose-word-of-the-year.html

My first act of kindness in 2020 is introducing my granddaughter to Regency romance by reading Pride and Prejudice for Babies together