Word of the Year...
by Lindsey Roy
I was visiting with friends on New Year’s Eve regarding this trend of choosing a word of the year. Do you do this? I never have before, but have been pondering it for a couple of days. I want the notion to be additive to my normal consideration set. My “natural” words are GRATITUDE and PERSPECTIVE. I use these lenses frequently and talk about them constantly. And they are helpful in living my every day life.
So for 2019, some additional choices rattling around in my brain…
THRIVE - what are the choices I can make every day to thrive? I think this one would help me focus on my body/health as well as help me make the most of every day… I have always loved a quote by Maya Angelou that says, “my mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”. I like it. But I also fear I will feel guilty every time I decide to binge on Netflix.
FOCUS - how can I better be in the moment? How can I be more intentional? This choice could help me remember to not get lost in the abundance of thoughts and to-dos, but really focus on what I deem important. I also like the implied nod to being more intentional. I tend to be more of a serendipitous type of person, so maybe this one will really stretch me. Or is too unaligned with my natural way of being?
NOW - I am 100% pressure-prompted. Always. I think the proverbial “don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today” adage would be quite good for me. If I choose this one, I wouldn’t have a grandiose expectation to change my behavior entirely - nor would I want to (I operate very well under pressure and swear I am quite efficient!). But…I might just save myself a fire drill now and then or accomplish a goal that has been alluding me.
I’ll let you know what I decide… I’m looking forward to hearing what you choose, too!