I wrote this poem at the new year, as I was contemplating my new word for the year, Innovate. I have written a couple of posts about this word and what it means to me, and how I planned to incorporate it into My Mantra. So after 6 months with this word, I find it still serves to push me a little further outside my comfort zone, and take new steps forward toward my dream.
I am joining in with Poets Unitedfor their Midweek Motif. This week Susan is giving us the theme ~ ‘The Song of a Single Word’. I am also joining in with Sanaa@A Dash of Sunny for her Prompt Nights. This week’s theme is ‘Dreams‘. As Sanaa says, ‘We all have them. We strive for something which at first we deem impossible. But as they say, the key to realizing a dream is to focus on its significance, cause then even our smallest steps and victories will take on a greater meaning.’ My word for the year helps to focus me on my journey toward realizing my dreams.
“I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.”~Louis C.K.
This quote, that I found recently, struck me as an in-your-face truism. And I will be the first to say, I can get bored easily. Or at least I thought I was bored. Especially in winter when I am cooped up inside…ughh! Now what do I do….sit and look at the white landscape. Yes, the snow is pretty, but really I need something different after a while.
What I didn’t know then was, ‘I need something different’ was code for, ‘Routine is what is boring me’. The same old, same old…..white landscape, too cold (or so I thought) to go out…..nothing new happening, ‘cabin fever’ feeling was creeping in.
And when I thought about it, that feeling doesn’t just happen in winter. It actually happens in summer when it gets too hot to go out and do much. And I find myself cocooned inside with the air-conditioning. And then it struck me, how sad is that!
Did you ever notice that you will hear children saying, ‘I’m bored’ more easily than adults. I know I did especially in winter, and toward the end of summer vacation. Sounds familiar…..hmmmm!
I will even become bored with my garden….more bored by the look of it. The same tried and true bulbs bloom every spring in the same spots. The same bushes and trees leaf out. The same weeds take over as I lose steam at the end of May trying to combat them….they’re everywhere….my God, they don’t stop! At about that point, I give up and go inside just as the garden is heating up. I know it is a sacrilege to be bored in a garden….but it happens. What is causing this? And really how can I be bored with so much life to be lived?
So am I really bored? Or is that I need to shake it up a bit? Try something new. So I began exploring this a bit more toward the end of fall. I think that is why the word, Innovate, really resounded for me as a mantra for the new year.
Like any activity or habit, if we don’t stretch ourselves, we can become tired of the sameness that comes from repetition. Now some folks love the safety and security of repetition. My husband does…..(Shhh–secretly sometimes so do I, but don’t tell him that). He likes his comfortable routines, and when I need to shake up mine a bit, he unfortunately or fortunately has to come along with me many times…..with much kicking and moaning, I might add. But once we start, we both find we like the change.
So there it is…change…..it is change I am seeking. We fight it, we run from it, but inevitably it is what we seek…what we crave. I know I do. My brain craves new scenery, new scents, new experiences. Some changes in the garden help….new bulbs, new designs….trying a few new vegetables; tomatillos this year.
But my soul seeks change as well. It wants to explore, to contemplate life in new places, and meet new folks. Engage in stimulating conversation or just watch the sunrise or set from a different locale. To learn about myself more, and watch this woman grow.
So this is my year to Innovate….embrace change in my habits. We are walking almost daily even when the temps are in the teens and it is snowing….what a wonderful experience!We are planning some travel to see family…they are scattered around the country and we just don’t get to see them often enough…fingers crossed my health stays good for travel! And we are exploring our surrounds…..going to the beach on the coldest day of winter was breathtaking!
Of course these are only a beginning….as I move through my day, I wonder how I can stretch myself. Instead of reading 60 books this year, can I expand my normal repertoire or genre (mysteries and garden books)…I have added some spiritual books, memoirs and non-fiction to the list and love the intellectual stimulation.
So I am really bored? Or maybe I just need a little shift. A few more layers to endure the sharp bite of the wind, as I go out even on the coldest, snowiest day to find a warm, cozy world. It seems just a gentle push up and over the hump or edge of that rut, I have worn into my path, is just enough to set me off onto a new adventure…..
Do you ever feel stuck in a rut or bored? What have you found that helps lift you out and over that hump?
Special Note:The pictures here are recent winter scenes, photographed through my windows.
“Making the beginning is one third of the work.”~Irish Proverb
As the year was coming to a close, I decided to wander out to my meadow. Really a sanctuary garden, wild, with native plants, a couple of birdhouses and trees. It lies just beyond the fence. It is a place of quiet, curiosity and peace…where I can commune with nature and wildlife.
And it was here, while I snapped pictures of the dried and tattered plants, that I realized I had a full and abundant life. I was lucky to be alive, to have relatively good health, a partner who gave me support and unconditional love, and family and friends who were still there for me.
I started to think about the upcoming year. What would it hold? What did I want to accomplish, how did I want to live out this next year of 2016? I had recently adopted my word for the year, INNOVATE. And I was thinking how this word would guide me.
I was also thinking what color this year would be. I have been working with the Colors and Numbers, by Louise Hay, since 1998. Each year has a number, unique to you, that matches with a color. And when we tune into the color of the day or year, we can find more harmony and flow in our lives. I have found this to be true, and I enjoy the colors. Before I tuned into colors and numbers, I was wearing too much of one color especially black or gray. This exploration of color was much more creative and fun.
You don’t have to believe in colors and numbers to have fun with it. And when I explored this year for me, I realized it was a Personal Year 4. But not just any 4, a 22/4. Meaning, when I added my birthdate and this year, I got 22. The color for the 22/4 year is coral. And its significant meaning, Greatness. And when I coupled it with my word for the year, Innovate, I saw a wonderful synchronicity developing.
This 22/4 year, superior accomplishments could be achieved…maybe writing and
publishing that book….it has been on my mind of late. It is also a year where I can have success, if I work on big plans for the good of the community. It is said to be a powerful year. A bit daunting and exciting, and definitely a year to Innovate.
As I tried to make more meaning of all of this, I decided this might be the year to create a manifesto. A manifesto is quite simply a written declaration of my intentions, motives, or views. And I am making mine for one year. Not really goals per se, but more how I intend to live this Innovative life in 2016.
Creating a manifesto, is a work in progress so I hope to refine it as the year progresses….check in and see how I am doing. And hopefully make this a yearly practice, if it helps organize and further guide me.
As I Innovate my life in 2016, I am living a life:
Seeking out new destinations to explore
Inspired by creativity
Spent in the arms of nature more often
Of new experimentswith growing, cooking and eating new foods
Of new habits that facilitate innovation, creativity, health and happiness
Moving more each day; stretching my body, mind and spirit.
Of gratitude and abundance
Of courage showcasing my talents to the world
Connecting with more people, more often
Of beauty surrounding me inside and outside my abode
Tuned into my creative channels allowing them to come forth and flourish
Serving my spiritual and intellectualneeds
Do you have a guiding word or phrase for the year? Maybe a manifesto? How have you decided to embrace the new year?
Special Note:The pictures here are from my meadow at the beginning of winter.
“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 theworld. 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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