I'm probably late to the party as usual, but I just started hearing about this "word of the year" thing. Seems to be a nice alternative to setting big New Year's Resolutions: find a word that defines what you want to accomplish, be, feel, focus on . . . keep that in mind, like a mantra in a way. I like that.
A single word to stay focused, positive, on-track.
Some friends of mine were talking about their words the other day and got me thinking, "I wonder what mine would be..." Well, not one for being able to sum stuff up in short, succinct phrases, let alone single words (you do realize this is why I don't tweet, right? I am physically unable to express myself in 140 characters or less) I decided to think about it for a while and come up with something by New Year's Day.
Was there really one single word I could base a year's goals on? Didn't seem possible to narrow it down like that.
Yes, I realize New Year's Day is over, but finally this morning I got out my little sketchbook and started writing stuff down. Train-of-thought scribbles (over 140 characters, I'm certain) spreading across a few smudgy pages led me to this one:
Of course. I've been working on this "being in the moment" thing for a while now: finding and creating my own peace and joy, not worrying about the past or future, being grateful for each breath and each blessing (but that's a lot of words, isn't it?).
And I will admit I do have a real issue with procrastination. Not just the "I'll think about that tomorrow" Scarlett O'Hara kind, but the more dangerous, deep subliminal kind: "I fully intend to do that, but I can't even think about that until I finish A, B, and C..." You know the drill: some random thing gets in the way of B, and C never happens so the original task/goal gets pushed back further, and further . . . yeah.
So why not NOW?
Accomplish it now.
Be happy now.
Find joy in this exact second.
Not after the other things, not tomorrow, not another time. Now.
So, NOW I have some other work to get done.
What's YOUR word for 2014?