My 2024 Word:
Every year since 1994, I've picked a word to steer my path through the next 365 days. In a way, it's like holding a compass. For 2024, I've chosen a word that might raise a few eyebrows at first. It's "Whatever." But let me explain.
"Whatever" isn't about indifference or lack of care. Far from it. It's about being there in every way I can for my family. It's about saying, "Whatever you need, I'm here." It's about rolling up my sleeves for our nonprofit, doing whatever it takes to help it flourish and reach its full potential.
Then there's the bigger picture. "Whatever" is my commitment to people who need a hand, who feel unloved or forgotten. It's my promise to do whatever I can to make their lives a little brighter, a little better. It's also about my relationships. "Whatever" is my vow to work on them, to be better, to understand more, to forgive quickly, and to bridge gaps.
At the core of it all, "Whatever" is about kindness and compassion. It's about treating people with a gentle heart, no matter who they are or what they're going through. Jimmy Carter once said, "My faith demands—this is not optional—my faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference." That quote hits home. It's what "Whatever" means to me this year. It's about using what I have, where I am, to do good, to spread love, to make even a tiny dent in the universe.
So, here's to 2024, a year of doing "Whatever" it takes to make a difference, a year of living true to my word, and hopefully, a year of touching lives in the most positive ways possible. And I am so glad to be doing this together with my best friend!
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."