give freely love openly practice gratitude
“What’s that? A proverb?” my habesha friend asked last week, after spotting the above phrase on my wall when he stopped by to translate something for me.

I laughed. “Something like that.”

Give freely, love openly, practice gratitude.

I wrote these words about five months ago in an unfinished post, a post that had some of the most raw and open words I’ve ever written. After rediscovering them last week, I realized that these are the words that describe how I want to live the next year of my life.

These words hang on my wall, right next to my bedroom door. The intention is sprinkled throughout my 2013 planning—my goals, my hopes, my dreams and my fears. My career and location are exactly where I need to be right now, but my soul still yearns to grow.

“Things do not change; we change.” – Henry David Thoreau

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