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Have you heard of a WORD OF THE YEAR?
I was introduced to this concept last year when I noticed bloggers all over the web were choosing a word that had some personal significance to take them through the New Year.
Last December the holiday season was proving to be more stressful than usual and as I searched for some peace and quiet I kept saying to myself, “be calm“. It was then I chose “calm” as my 2013 word of the year.
Now that 2014 is only hours away can I tell you how much I loved having my own personal word. I am surprised how often I thought of that word throughout the year. How often it actually helped me to focus. Knowing that calm was buried deep inside and at the ready no matter what time of day or situation I was in helped me to breathe.
A therapist in one small word.
This year, my word found me.
The day after Thanksgiving I was home alone cleaning up and reflecting on the wonderful time we had with family and I had a sudden realization.
Just hours earlier as the final four of us were sitting around the table chatting, the word “want” came spilling out of my mouth over and over and over.
I want this. I want that. I want to change this and I want to buy that!
Friday as I was coming down the stairs with a laundry basket on my hip I stopped. It was a cold clear day and the heat from the wood stove was warm on my face as it made its way up the stairs to the second floor. I glanced out the small window in the top of the front door. The sun was shining bright and diamond dust flurries were dancing in the air against the deep blue sky.
How fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful place! We have a comfortable home, we’re employed, and we have our health.
My family is as close as ever. We truly enjoy each other’s company. When we get together there is love and laughter.
I’m so grateful for that.
How have I lost sight of the things I should be thankful for? Why is it I think I need more? Want more?
As I stoked the fire and gathered up the table clothes for the washer it occurred to me that my 2014 word of the year had found me.
In a whisper, out loud, or silently in my thoughts.
I can’t wait to see where it takes me.
Have you chosen a word for the upcoming year?
Choose one that will inspire you all year long and allow it help you find that something you seek!