Anne here, with the final post in our Christmastide series of short posts. As from next week, we’ll be back to our normal posting schedule. I hope you’ve all had a peaceful and happy festive season.The photo on the right is of dawn on a beach on the east coast of Australia.It was taken by my friend Fiona McArthur, and I’m hoping we can all celebrate the dawn of the new year.
For many people a new year is a time for making resolutions — you know the kind of thing: doing more exercise, losing weight, giving up certain bad habits, taking up new virtuous ones. I don’t do that any more. I tried it when I was younger and I felt I was always setting myself up for failure. These days I do something slightly different — I choose a word.
I learned this from a writers’ group I’m a member of, and these days it’s spread to other friends as well. We choose one word, not a “thou shalt or thou shalt not” kind of word, but a word to inspire us, motivate us, maybe to make us smile, and to have as a kind of talisman for the year ahead. We wenches blogged about it in 2022.
For one small group of writers I’m a member of, I make little bracelets with each person’s word on it (see the photos). They’re just cheap and colorful little wooden beads on elastic thread, but somehow, for me at least, it really helps me to maintain focus on that word when I’m writing.
Some don’t wear bracelets so I make them a dangle, and they hang it near their computer, or by the mirror where they see it every morning.
This year the word that came to me was PLAY, which also incorporates creativity and craft (which I had under consideration) but encompasses them more widely, I think, and suggests fun as well. So I’m going with PLAY.
Do you make new years resolutions, or do you avoid them. And if you were to choose a word for 2024, what might it be?