-in the company of
-next to, alongside
-in the charge or keeping of
-in support of
-in spite of
-in the same direction as
-so as to be touching or joined to
This year, I will keep my eyes open and I will choose to come alongside others, to anchor with them, to stay nearby.
This year, I will stay true to that which has been put in my charge. I will be thoughtful in my commitments, faithful in my duties, true to my word.
This year, I will look for people and causes that need support and willfully act. If standing with someone means making a statement, so be it. Life is too short and people are too important to worry about what love looks like.
This year, I will no longer try to fade into the scenery. I will not turn my head when confronted with difficulty. Instead, this year, I want to be counted among the broken-hearted, the downcast, the ones that others dismiss. I will not try and pretend that I am not one of them.
This year, I will press on, in spite of my mistakes. I will not let my failings define or constrict me. I will not let them become excuses.
This year, I will, once again, join hands with my beloved and join his gaze. For what Antoine de Saint-Exupery said is true: "...love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward in the same direction." I will choose to look forward with him, not around or behind or over.
This year, when given the opportunity, I will choose touch over tension, embracing rather than rejecting, joining in place of separation. I am not an emotional island, nor are the ones I love. I will choose to move towards them, even when it is hard.
I will choose to be with those that are in front of me.