One Little Word 2013
Happy New Year! Welcome, 2013!
After traveling “home” to Maryland for the holidays and then getting resettled back into life here in Nebraska, I’ve been carving out some space to reflect on all that 2012 brought me — the good and the not-so-good — and to prepare my intentions for 2013. Part of this process has been deciding what my one little word will be for this year ahead. My word for 2012 was practice and this word served me so very well. Practice allowed me to focus on cultivating daily habits of photography and creativity. My word helped me to engage more in the process and begin to pay less attention to the outcome. Practice also helped me to pay attention to my own journey, my own growth and development, rather than looking toward others’ accomplishments.
Now what for 2013?
For a while, I considered staying with practice. This word has been such a helpful beacon to me over the past 365 days, and I don’t quite think I’m finished with its teachings just yet. However, choosing a new word for the new year seemed more prudent. I planned to make a list of all the words that may be swimming around in my head and heart, and then focus on each one to see which was “right.” And then that’s not what happened. Like many people I know who also focus on one little word for the year, my word seemed to pick me. One word came to mind and seemed to take up residence. Similar to last year’s practice, this word is not sexy or pretty. It doesn’t have the beauty of words like “fly,” “bloom,” or “authenticity.” No, this word is a bit more solid, more practical, more nose to the grindstone.
My one little word for 2013 is forward. This word builds on my 2012 word of practice so well as it carries forth the momentum of that word and all it brought me. Forward helps me continue focusing on the creative habits I’ve developed and move them along. Forward reminds me to keep doing the work. This one word helps me stay the course, put one foot in front of the other, dust myself off when needed, and keep going. Forward means “onward; into view or consideration; out; ready, prompt, eager.” I love all of these meanings. I want to be moving onward. I want to bring more of myself, my work, my creativity, into view and out. This fits so well with my belief in needing to put myself (ourselves!) out there and asking the Universe to do its thing! And I am ready and eager for my journey to move forward and to unfold into all it will be.
So today, this year, forward will be my guide.
Do you have one little word for 2013? I’d love to hear what you chose (or what chose you) and why that word resonates for you. There is power in our intentions.
You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.