What’s your word?

Cat 243 Doverby Mary Jo

Today is the last of our Word Wenches short Christmastide posts.  The holidays are over, and even though mine was great fun, I’m ready to descend into the silent, productive peace of January.

But since we’re beginning a new year, I decided to suggest a mental exercise that I blogged about a couple of years ago.  I was reminded of it on a discussion loop: Choosing a theme word for the upcoming year.  This isn’t a New Year’s resolution, a category that is famously ignored because trying to change deep seated habits generally takes more than a calendar change.

Instead, it’s a chance to think about our lives, where we are, where we’d like to be.  Just slowing down and thinking about such issues is in itself worthwhile in our busyBlossoms lives. 

A good word might be Appreciate.  It’s easy to take for granted the good things around us, so consciously appreciating a beautiful day, a lunch with a friend, cherry blossoms in spring, will enrich our selves.

In fact, Self is a good word, especially those who spend too much time doing for Solitary Womanothers.  I know busy wives and mothers who fantasize checking into a hotel and not having to talk to anyone but room service for a week.  Maybe this should be a year of putting your needs on the top of the list rather than the bottom.

Or maybe Abundant.  Such a rich, luxurious concept!  Abundant happiness, abundant energy, abundant relationships. 

Perhaps you'd like Mindfulness: taking the the time to be here now, in the moment rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.Mindfulness

I’m thinking of choosing Focus.  Being infinitely distractible, I’m always amazed that I managed to finish one book, much less dozens.  I’d like better focus so I can write more efficiently and have more time for my personal life and maybe some writing play projects.  Better focus =  more productivity and more fun, yes! 

Well, it’s worth a try.  <G>  I’ll put Focus! on a few Post-It notes around the house to remind myself, and we’ll see what happens.  Maybe I'd be better off with Patience. <G>

Joy 1What about you?  What word would you choose as a theme for the coming year? 

Joy is never a bad place to start considering….

Mary Jo

PS: Okay, I didn't realize until I'd prepared this post that Jo had already suggested the "choose a word" idea.  (You'll not be surprised to hear that she and I are on that same discussion loop that was playing the game.

But there are plenty of good words to choose–and it's too late for me to come up with another idea. <G>