1.04.2009

In A Word...

Many years ago, I was introduced to the idea of selecting a "word of the year" instead of making New Year's resolutions. The concept stuck, and this has become my annual routine. The idea is to create a theme of sorts to govern your goals and actions throughout the year. This year, my word is MINDFUL.

Applying your word to different areas of your life adds a positive twist to traditional resolutions. For example, instead of resolving to lose 10 pounds, I will eat mindfully. Instead of resolving to spend less money, I will practice mindful spending. I will not resolve to go to the gym, but instead, be mindful of my body's need to move & stretch.

Over the years, my words have included: balance, compassion, energy and joy. Not knowing the official rules behind the "word of the year" concept, this year I thought I might add a secondary word: SIMPLICITY. Of course, then I realized I was actually complicating a very simple idea of focusing on one word. So it is just MINDFUL for me, which is really enough don't you think?

Selecting a word is a such a powerful affirmation to carry with you throughout the year, I just have to encourage you to pick one too. Reply to this post with yours and let's see how many "words" we can manifest!

6 comments:

Marcy said...

GRACE

kangaroo said...

I will stick with the fortune I picked at this year's gathering: GROWTH. In all things I will try to grow, even if that means taking a step back.

(By the way, you should have taken those truffles home. They are so delicious, I've eaten almost all of the leftovers myself. Guess I'll be GROWING in more ways than one!)

Cathy said...

Hopeful

Rose said...

You already mentioned mine: BALANCE. Balance in finding what's right for my children, my family, my marriage, and myself.

gana said...

too funny... my thoughts were similar, i have been gearing myself towards simplification (to de-clutter my life as it were). however, my fortune from the new year's gathering was TRUST... which i think would be good for me to work on as well. we'll see i guess. :)

Mama Bird said...

So many great words so far! Thank you all for sharing.