Inspired by author Debbie Macomber, in 2012 I chose a theme word for the year. Since then I have seen many articles about this practice. All are positive and emphasize focus.
For 2016, I have chosen HEALTH. I have reached that age when I am aware that health is just about the only thing that matters. One could have everything else and without health have nothing. Having chosen this word, I intend to concentrate on what leads to good health: proper food, exercise, meditation, deep-breathing, etc. It can be hard work. It can be boring. But at least it is easy to measure the degree to which you have been true to your intention each day.
In years past, I have had mixed success with my “word.” That first year, 2012, I chose “Joy.” Looking back I think I should have been clearer in my mind exactly what I meant by joy. I certainly didn’t mean the “Jump for joy” which would be unrealistic to maintain. But DELIGHT – especially in small things – now that I think I managed to achieve.
For 2013 I chose PATIENCE and think I benefitted greatly from this emphasis. The most helpful practice was using waiting times – as in traffic, in stores, in doctor’s offices- to practice patience. Corny as it may be, I even said – to the Universe- “Thank you for giving me this opportunity to practice patience. “ No more toe-tapping or watch- checking when waiting in line. I decided to carry that word over into the next year (and the next) along with my new word.
In 2014 I chose BOUNDARIES which I shortened to “NMB” as in “Not My Business.” This was a tough one for me because being curious or concerned about another’s life can be seen as nosy, but I call it love. The most helpful phrase was “Not my monkeys. Not my circus.” I have to repeat this over and over but it’s working even though I will no doubt be repeating that phrase the rest of my life.
Now, sad to say, I didn’t even remember the word I chose for 2015 was ACCEPTANCE , and actually was considering it as my new word for 2016 until I was checking back in my journals. But I’ve decided to go with HEALTH , and that’s one I won’t forget.
What will your word be?
Dorothy C. Judd © 2016
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