Each year, during the lost week between Christmas and the New Year, I await the arrival of my "one little word".
Some view it as their theme for the year. I choose to harness its power as more of a spiritual guide.
In 2017, my word was PURPOSE.
I was at a standstill of sorts. Searching for more? answers? guidance?
And 2017 led me along a path of light and answers.
I feel my path is aglow and now I must follow the light.
I do not have all of the answers. But I understand that the journey is part of my destiny.
I had a bracelet made late this year with the words PURPOSE and GRACE. Those two words have allowed me to chase dreams in a manner that feels real and true.
As I awaited my word this week, my mind was a jumble of synonyms and antonyms...of what I thought it should be, hoped it would be.
And then two words arrived: PURPOSEFUL and INTENTIONAL.
I knew at once that PURPOSEFUL was going to be my guide.
It is an undeniable extension of all I have felt and dreamed and worked towards in 2017.
Instead of viewing 2018 as a quest for answers, I will now leap into the new year with INTENT!
I am hoping to live more deliberately...to LIVE in the moment...
to rejoice in the every day, and to allow life to have meaning and significance.
Sometimes I think we get so busy with work...we come home tired..
...and we (I) may get lazy about living purposefully.
On cold/dark winter nights I feel the couch calling after dinner/laundry/tidying.
Perhaps I should be writing or editing photos instead. Both are things I enjoy immensely, and would help me during my growing season, when time is spent tending/coddling/harvesting.
Or an impromptu week night (gasp) dinner with friends would be wonderful...as laughter and companionship surely feed the soul.
Perhaps PURPOSEFUL living is about carving out time when there seems to be none available...
...more time by the ocean...more sunrises and sunsets...
...more time to absorb all the color and texture and brilliance that nature offers...
...time to truly listen to those closest to us, and attempt to understand, even if we don't think/feel the same way.
It will be a year of worrying less and loving more.
Perhaps 2018 will be a year of determined metamorphosis.
Happy New Year!