I have whiteboards, chalkboards, post-it notes, calendars, highlighters, phone apps, and lists, lists, and more lists! That seems to be the only way I can keep any semblance of order in my life haha! A couple of years ago, though, one of our CSA Garden Shareholders posted a challenge on her personal page…that year, instead of a lengthy New Year’s Resolution, she encouraged us to choose just ONE WORD that we wanted to focus on for the upcoming year. And you all know how much I love words 🙂
I’ll tell you, it is tough choosing only ONE WORD instead of a complete color-coded list including check marks, and italics, and bolded lines when it came to a Resolution!
In 2018 I chose “GRATITUDE”. I wrote down 3 gratitudes almost every day. It’s one of those “glass half empty or glass half full” kinda things. Training yourself to see the good in life is life changing!
In 2019 I chose “HYGGE” (pronounced hoo-gah). It means “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being” (taken from an online dictionary). I can’t say I felt even 65% successful, but we had quite a year lol! I did have some campers comment on the serenity and calm they felt while visiting the farm, so I’m counting that as a win 🙂
My 2020 word was “TEMPER”. Temper as in “act as a neutralizing or counterbalancing force to something”. Temper as in: I will temper my ambitions to do EVERYTHING, instead, I would focus on things that are good for me and my family. Holy cow! Little did I Know that 2020 would bring two “opportunities” to live out this word…first a cancer diagnosis, then a worldwide pandemic. “Temper” has served me well.
I am sure 2021 will have challenges and rewards of its own, and after all of the plot twists handed to us in 2020, I’m thinking “PIVOT” sounds like the word I will embrace for the upcoming year. Pivot: to utilize the ability to change directions as circumstances evolve…with one foot grounded and my intentions focused on life’s priorities. 2020 had me reeling, grasping for normalcy, and treading in a sea of chaos. With support from family and close friends I held it together pretty well. In 2021 I will use my word to focus on a more graceful “pivot” when sh*t happens 😉
This year, I’d like to extend the same challenge to you. Can you narrow your New Year’s Resolution to just one word? If you don’t do resolutions (probably because you haven’t had a history of success) perhaps it would help to look at it as a focus word instead of a resolution. Won’t you join me? I hope you feel comfortable enough to add your word along with perhaps a little explanation in the comments below.
You can check out this website for more inspiration: http:/myoneword.org/