I chose Happy.
A couple of years ago I saw a blog post (sorry I lost track of the source) promoting the idea of selecting a word for the upcoming year. Despite never embracing the practice of making New Year’s resolutions, this annual fresh start appealed to me. I liked the idea so much that I went back a few years to give them a word and then started. Basically you pick a word that represents what you want, need or hope for the year. It can be a wish, goal, dream, etc. whatever appeals to you.
I keep the list on a wall in my office where it can stare at me and catch my eye on occasion.
2011 – Write
2012 – Survive
2013 – Rebuild
2014 – Blissful
2015 – Prosperous
2016 – Balance
2017 – Happy
2018 – Energized
This year when I added the new word I took a closer look at my list. The first ones were accurate thanks to hindsight but the rest seemed off a little. As I focused on this it occurred to me that they seem to take shape more clearly, after the year is over and even well into the next.
Is it some kind of time-release power of a word?
What’s your word?
Hey, thanks for sharing! That’s a really cool idea to have a word for the year. I’ll have to put some thought into it but I’m like the sounds of prosperous. All the best to you this year!
2016 – Present. As in ‘stay present.’ Too much time looking ahead and losing control. Thanks for the thinking exercise this morning. A.