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Streamlined resolutions. Lots of people are ditching their list and instead selecting a single defining word at the start of a new year. I’ll be honest, I’ve never chosen one word as my focus for the twelve months to follow. I kept hearing this was a ‘thing’, but it wasn’t my thing. I’ve historically been a bit washy washy when it comes to goals and decisions, so I wasn’t too jazzed about locking myself in with one specific word.
That said, this year I actually found myself intrigued by the idea of picking one word as my anchor for 2018.
I’ve been plowing through some major life tweaks lately. So, I decided to keep rolling with the changes and become a person who chooses a word.
Yes, I'm a little late to the game since it’s already February, but I didn’t want to rush this choice. I carefully consided lots of words. I sorted through a bunch… pausing often to see if I’d found ‘my word’.
Truth is, I kept avoiding the word that repeatedly popped up. I didn’t want that word to be my final choice. It seemed far too simple. Trite, even. There had to be a better, more fitting, less basic, more interesting word.
Yet, the harder I tried to find a different word, the clearer it became that my word had already been decided.
My youngest and my dad. I still can hear the sound of their laughter.
Pure and simple. Deep and soulful.
What I crave more than anything else in my life right now is JOY.
Somewhere in the daily grind of the past decade, I’ve lost touch with my automatic internal joy.
This discovery came slowly at first. I didn’t want to believe that my life was lacking joy. More specifically, I shuddered to think that I wasn’t a joyful person.
There was a time when I was that girl who was always happy.
People would regularly comment about my consistent good mood and my contagious positive energy. I know that girl still exists inside me. In fact, I can usually spot her when I’m out in public.
I’ve determined that my lack of joy is most evident when I’m in my own home, surrounded by the people I love fiercely. I find this both embarrassing and depressing. I should certainly feel joyful at home.
I've come to recognize that the stresses of adult life and parenthood sapped my sparkle. When I’m home, I find myself bogged down with unrealistic fears and unnecessary worries.
The real truth is, I have so much more to be thankful for than to worry about.
Yet, I notice that sometimes when walk through my front door and I’m quickly pulled back into my own head. I begin to stress about the future based on worries I drag in with me from the past.
I’ve been in the process of letting go and moving beyond the old stories and habits for a while now.
I’ve made huge headway.
I’ve shifted a lot.
But honestly, it’s taken long enough. It’s time to speed things up. I’ve reached the tipping point. I’m done.
So, my word for 2018 is JOY.
Simple and straightforward.
This three letter word will remind me of my goal for this year.
Seek, experience, share, offer, invite, nurture... JOY.
A compass of sorts, leading me back to what matters. A nudge to keep me on track to bring more joy into my everyday life. Every single day.
I guess I was a little premature with the whole one word thing.
Apparently, I will have two words to guide me this year.
I find it fascinating how the Universe has a way of getting our attention, even when we’re cruising along... basically oblivious.
Recently, this single word kept popping into my head. Over the span of a few days, I felt the increasing presence of this word. The sensation was odd, yet I couldn’t shake it.
I shooed it away, assuring my mind that I was good. I’d already chosen ‘my word’ for this year.
Yet, it kept appearing. Waiting to be noticed.
I became curious about how it might help me. I decided to examine this common word.
I researched the actual definition of the word LIGHT.
As I read the long list meanings, I smiled and nodded to the Universe.
Okay, I thought. I get it.
LIGHT needs to be part of my year.
Here’s a sampling of what LIGHT means...
the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible.
"the light of the sun"
an expression in someone's eyes indicating a particular emotion or mood.
understanding of a problem or mystery; enlightenment.
spiritual illumination by divine truth.
make (something) start burning; ignite.
of little weight; easy to lift.
gentle or delicate.
free from worry or unhappiness; cheerful.
Those snippets of 'light' are woven into many things I'm currently striving to include in my life.
Most specifically, I'm seeking to be lighter in my mind and my heart. To 'lighten up', if you will.
And I'm deeply invested in allowing my light to shine. Brightly and without the filters that were previously in place.
Turns out, LIGHT is the perfect reminder for me in so many ways. Clearly, I needed to include this word in my 2018 theme.
So, that’s exactly what I’m doing. I'm letting two words be my litmus test.
JOY AND LIGHT will be my checkpoints as I navigate the creation of my very best life.
Okay, your turn!
Do you pick a word, words or phrase to help direct the flow of your year?
If so, please share your word and a bit about why you chose it.
I believe we all benefit from the experience of others. I’m so thankful that you’re here.
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