Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Word for 2015

Every day is like a blank page.  What is it about snow days that make that ring especially true, other than the obvious white canvas that lays outside my window?
The day isn't completely empty.  I'll go into work in just a little while, for just a few hours.  Then on the way home, I'll stop at the grocery store to pick up a few necessities.
There's been a trend that I first learned about from fellow bloggers a number of years back, to choose a word for the year, something to focus on in lieu of New Year's resolutions.  I've been hit or miss on this, but I did choose a word for 2014 and it was 'intentional.'  I tried to be more intentional with my time, my words, and especially in my actions in achieving some goals.  I have to say that just planting that seed and being reminded of it throughout the year makes me think that I really was more intentional in my life and, I'm happy to report, I achieved some of those goals.  I joined a writer's group.  I went to a writing seminar.  And I have a proposal for a project that's been floating around in my head for a long time, and now there's a plan.
So this year, I've thought about it, and went to this website to do a little exercise to help me come up with my word for 2015.  And that word is Courage. 
Wow! So unexpected that I would come up with a word like that!  Now that I've been intentional about planning for my goals and surrounding myself with people that will help me achieve them, I need to find the Courage within me to set out and put it all on paper.  And even accept that I may fail at it a few or a hundred times, if that's part of the plan. 
"Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway."
John Wayne
There are so many areas in my life where I can apply this word.  I am going to try to be more courageous about not expecting perfection, from myself or from those around me.  There are so many things I put off doing, because I'm afraid that it won't be 'just right.'  Or afraid of what people might think. 
So, watch out 2015, here I come.  And, just for the record, if a certain friend is reading this and thinks that my idea for Courage might apply to zip lining . . . NOT.  That's still SO not happenin'!



Joe Clark said...

I've bookmarked your blog again as part of my effort to stay more connected this year, even if it's in smaller ways. :)

I loved reading this post, hearing about a wonderful exercise in self-reflection, a task that I'm undertaking myself in different ways, and being introduced to another really interesting person, Susanna Conway. Thanks for sharing! <3

Susanne said...

What a wonderful word to apply to your year! It's exciting to think of the possibilities of that word! I'm still working mine out. Not quite settled inside with it. And for the record zip-lining is awesome! I've done it. You can't go breaking the twin thing now, can you? Just saying.

Mereknits said...

I love that word and I think it would be perfect for all of us. I need to feel more courage to try new things. thank you for the great word and wonderful thoughts.