“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
Just before the New Year, I have a tradition of choosing a word to guide me through the coming year. It becomes my muse, my mantra, my guide. In 2014, as I had retired, I chose THRIVE. I needed to remind myself that I was healing and to nurture myself….that I was still alive and thriving. In 2015, I chose SOAR. As I had healed more, I felt like flying. Getting above the clouds, and the gray, to see what was over the horizon. It felt like a year to just enjoy my life.
Now with 2016, I am feeling like I need to get out of my cocooned comfort zone. At first I thought my word might be Connection or even Diving, but neither felt quite right. And as I started my search, I happened on, Move. Yes, I did need to Move more….still not quite right.
Then I saw three more: Stretch, Integrate and Innovate. Stretch, now that was a great word. I needed to let go and get out there more….yes, this would do me nicely. But you know, I liked Integrate. I have so many skills I need to use more…to integrate the parts of me as a whole. Maybe, this is the word.
But Innovate was still circling around. I had seen this word before in a Facebook game I played.
This word will guide you through the year of 2016! It will support you in your daily struggles and situations that may appear hopeless. This word will always show you the silver lining so that you won’t ever need to worry. It was chosen for you specifically, embrace it!
OK this sounds like a word I could embrace. But this word was big….so big it scared me. Am I up to the task of this word Innovation? I don’t know! It is like Stretch, but a bit more forceful. Like a shove in the back to get out on that stage and show your stuff. Not exactly what an introvert wants to do. But maybe, that is exactly what I need. After all I did say I needed to let go, to move, to go beyond my comfort zone. Stretch could help me do this, but it is too comfy a word. I might not Stretch enough.
So I vacillated between the two some more, Stretch and Innovate; Innovate and Stretch. As I thought more about Innovate, I saw for me that it could mean new, different, expand, branch out, extend….and Stretch. But it adds a different dimension to Stretch….a little more oomph! And it incorporates Move and Integrate…I see me doing more, and using more skills with Innovate.
Oh yes….just maybe. Perhaps Innovate will help me break free from some self-imposed bonds….to experience life more without fear, or with accepting there will be fear. So I took the leap…and decided on Innovate.
It is causing some butterflies in my stomach….a scary excitement as to what this year will hold. But oh, how I am looking forward to it. As I am already encountering situations, I am looking on them with fresh new eyes…a new perspective…with Innovation. And on this New Year’s Eve, I ready to Innovate in 2016!
Do you have a word to guide you this year?
Note: The flowers pictured here are cosmos, which in Greek means order, harmony, or the world. In the Language of Flowers, it also means innocence. The collage of words was made in Wordle.
I leave you with my image for Innovate 2016. Feel free to download this photo and share.
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