If you are a regular reader you already know this is my regular first-thing-in-the-new-year message because it is just that important. Choosing a word for the year helps you shape the year and helps the year shape you. It is a profound experience even though when you choose your word you have no idea at all what it will truly mean to and for you until a year from now. It is something that takes hold of you and moves you in ways unimaginable, and that's the best part. The transformation is indescribable . . . but you will know exactly what I mean a year from now.
It is not a painful "oh, my goodness I HAVE to find the perfect word". It is more of an intuitive exploration. It is a plugging in to something bigger than you (for me this is God; for others it is simply a higher power). It is playing with some words until one sticks and you just can't get it out of your mind. It is not just the experiences you will have but more importantly the way it all makes you feel (a shining from the inside).
Choosing your word is not about fixing yourself. It is about tuning inward to let your true light shine brighter for all to see. It is definitely not about doing more but rather about BEing more. It is about loving yourself more and believing in yourself! Plus it is about doing what you are doing for all the right reasons.
To give you some examples, at the start of 2014 I chose a word for the year, FAITH. Wow, what a ride that was. My 2014 was one of the most challenging years I have endured in a long time. It became obvious that faith grows from being challenged. What I can say, after the fact, is it was a wonderful year of learning and self growth that were blessings in the years to come.
And then I chose JOY for 2015 and was rewarded with one of the best years of my life.
For 2016 I chose LOVE and got married at the end of that year.
For 2017 it was BELOVED, a very big word with great meaning, and we enjoyed deepening our marriage (not always a cake walk lol) plus recognizing all that is Beloved in even everyday living. Wow, what richness that has brought.
Dec 30th, after some plugging in, I chose my word for 2018. It is GRACE. I am excited to give & receive much Grace this year!
You can also get more ideas for your word from the picture for this blog. Or better yet simply sit and BE. It will come to you. Your word is about the things that will fill your SOUL and make your life more beautiful in every way, bit by bit.
Would love to hear your words that have impacted you and will in 2018.
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