Two weeks ago, as I was wrapping up 2012 and preparing myself for the journey that will be 2013, I began thinking about my Word, the one that would be a guiding force for the coming year. At the time, I thought my word might be Balance, but I wasn’t quite sure if balance was really my word or if I just wanted it to be my word.
It turns out that I just wanted Balance to be my word.
Since then I’ve come to realize that my word for 2013 is actually CONNECT.
There are a couple of different definitions of connect, and I’ not sure yet if I’m focused solely on “connect” or if CONNECTION is part of the whole package. I suspect that it doesn’t really matter; either can apply.
When I look at my goals for this year, I realize they are all about connecting to a greater community, a part of myself that I’ve allowed to become dormant, and relationships that matter to me. I may be wanting to create new bonds or strengthen old ties, but in all it feels like what I’m looking for is a sense of connection.
Now that I know what my word is, I feel like I can really get started on my One Little Word project and that I have some direction for my vision and dream boards for the year. Knowing what my word is, a weight has been lifted. It’s like I can finally get down to the work that this year is supposed to be about.
I think I’m making a good start. I’m re-connecting to my creativity and my health. I’m looking for ways to connect to new people and activities. I’m connecting to a larger community surrounding my writing and finding things that inspire me. I’m connecting to my hopes and dreams, slowing down and listening to myself and what my soul wants.
CONNECT. It’s the word with which I’m walking through 2013. What’s your word? What will be guiding you this year?