Every year I try to choose a single word as a theme for the year. I have worked my way down from a mantra, to three words, to a single word over the past few years.
The goal is to choose something that can bring all the facets of my life into clearer focus for me. A word by which I can make more simplified choices. I can look at an event, or series of events, and determine whether this fits into the way I would like to seem my life going.
Where I find myself, is not a place I could have, or would have chosen a few years ago, but it has been a perfect fit. Time, injury, contemplation, prayer, play, conversations with friends and soul-searching help us find our way. The way often seems so clear to us, that we don’t even notice that we are either not heading where we planned, or that we are involved in things we have lost interest. We evolve. We change. But, change is a difficult thing for us to accept. Especially when it is happening to us.
Here is the think to my 2015 post: 7: One Word to Bind the Year: 2015. My word last year was “closer,” and it served me well. In the past I have used arete, and several others. They all served in their time. You can read about them in last year’s post.
This year my word is: HEALTHIER.
I will make healthier choices for mind, body and spirit. This will hardly be simple. It means embracing some new things, cherishing some things/ people I have not given proper attention to (including myself), as well as going through the painful process of letting some things, and people, go.
There are things that simply do not make sense in my life right now. Life is short and precious, and we spend a great deal of time waiting for the big moment when life simply hands us with our heartfelt dreams. I am old, :), but remain committed to the mission of continuing to grow, and to live the fullest and most joy-filled life I can. This also means taking a few of you along with me.
On many levels, making healthier choices means stepping well away from my personal comfort zones. It means taking on more, and letting more go; an odd combination. For me, it means growing into who I know I can be, while blessing the lives of others.
The gift I encourage you to give yourself this year is not a list, long or short, of resolutions. Nor, should you pick up on something someone else is doing unless it makes your soul sing.
Learn to be good to you!