I've been talking a lot lately about finding more accurate words than striving for "happiness." I don't know why it took me so long to find it; I've even used it here before: Peace.
Peace of heart and mind: knowing that things aren't perfect, but you're heading in the right direction.
Peace in love: appreciating all the love there is around you from friends, family and even in the kindness of strangers.
Peace in work: outside of the home, inside the home, whatever it may be, but knowing that your days are busy making meaningful contributions.
Financial peace: accepting that most of us aren't millionaires, but knowing that we are doing the right things with our money.
Peaceful home: okay, so having kids makes this one extra challenging, but striving for the sounds of laughter and joy, and understanding that in tears, there is usually some progress being made in our little ones' development.
Peace in soul: being present and giving to those who need us.
Wishing you all a peaceful 2011!!