Well boys and girls, ‘tis the season – for year-in-review and goal setting posts that is. I love reading both kinds of posts, but I’m personally going to (more or less) forego both this year. 2015 was what it was and I have no great desire to really write much more about it. As for goals, I’ve decided to keep any specific goals for the year private in favor of my traditional “word of the year.” I do this primarily because my goals change so much through the year but also because I’ve found that having the word to reflect back on and guide me is both centering and comforting. But this year I’m continuing the tradition with a twist – I’ve chosen two words.
When I first began thinking about my word for 2016, Inspire came up immediately. Much like last year’s word, it was just waiting for me to ask the question. I’m using the base word here – Inspire – but I mean it in every tense and sentence part. I want to be inspired and to be an inspiration to others and to myself. I want life to be inspiring. It’s something I’ve been struggling to find consistency with so I’m hoping that a little more focus will bring positive returns.
Over the holiday I realized just how much I’ve been struggling to stay afloat. It’s weird how your mind and body react to stress – one of my biggest tells is my obsessive need for control (it’s an odd (light) OCD / type A combination that is fun for no one, believe me). I reflected a lot on how I got to that point this time and have now assessed and accepted what needs to be done. But before anything else, I have to relax, let it go, be open to the moment and to life. As soon as I had that thought I knew that was my word – Open. The controlling part of me totally freaked about the idea of changing a word I already had – I mean, Inspire is a perfectly good word and something I need so why would I change it OMG….yeah. So I decided to be open to the idea of breaking my own damn rules and going for two words. I think it’ll be good to shake things up this year.
Do you have a word (or words) for the year?
Or are you more of a resolution person?