Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Word to the Wise

In January 2006, I began an annual pilgrimage, of sorts. That was the first year I chose a word or theme for the year. I have been on this annual word journey ever since. The word theme not only follows me throughout the year, but also guides me in strange and wondrous ways. My word is never far from my brain, never far from my heart. This word, my word, is always born from the intention to be the best I can be. Words are powerful, and can lead you in many directions. By attaching my word to the intention to be the best I can be, my word leads onward - in a continuing forward direction, day-to-day, month-to-month, and year-to-year.

My word for 2015 is simplicity. I will plant the seed of simplicity in my brain as I start each day, and I will watch it grow throughout the day, month, and year. I’m not talking about living off the land with no electricity or running water. That kind of simplicity is not for me; and if you ask, it sounds like a lot of work! Instead, simplicity will reevaluate the complicated, making my life and my decisions less complicated, less demanding, and wholly uncluttered. Simplicity will slow me down and steer me towards my best self.

As I look back, I can see this word theme concept has never failed me. Instead of focusing on a resolution to begin your year, adopt a word that will follow you and guide you in a positive direction. If you need some assistance in choosing a word, here are a few of mine from previous years: momentum, intention, forward, balance and me. If you are the type of person who gives to everyone and everything without considering your needs, I would like to offer you a word to the wise and make 2015 the year of YOU. And just what is a word to the wise? All that is required my friend, all that is required.
Simplicity photo courtesy of LadyDragonflyCC