It pretty much sums up the way I feel about 2012. I will own it.
So why am I just now posting about word-of-the-year, goals and such....on February 1st?
Well, if you read the blog, you know 2011 ended on a sad note and 2012 started on a sad, worried note.
“The days are long, but
the years short. ”Since time has continued its relentless march forward, I find that I need/want/must go with it.
A Glance Back
Looking back at 2011, I can say the year was truly a year of challenge. Highest highs, lowest lows, outrageously good times and unable-to-breathe scary. I am pleased to have survived as well as by all that I accomplished.
Finally, as I face 2012, to go farther, higher and deeper.
When I look forward, I see new challenges to take on and overcome, new highs to aspire to, new delights to celebrate, accomplishments to revel in, new places to see and new friendships to build.
The Speed of Forward
I am learning there are many speeds to forward. My plan had been to hit 2012 with the throttle open as wide as it would go. The Universe had other plans, plans to slow me down. Way down.
I fought it for a while. A fruitless activity and a waste of energy. I've settled down now into a much slow pace forward. I'm getting a lot of behind the scenes stuff done that if I were traveling at full throttle, wouldn't get done properly nor with the detail it needs.
I won't say I don't rail against the current speed. I do. I hear a soft chuckle in the nether regions of my mind. Perhaps a whisper that says "all in good time, child, all in good time."
A Wise Word
My word last year was move and boy, did I! I moved my body (exercise), I started the move of my business to a totally different host, set up, web site and more, I went to NOLA and had a blast! I moved my mind and myself past obstacles, challenges, and sadness.
What word could I possibly choose to guide me, ground me, be an advocate, and otherwise remind me to enjoy every minute of every day as much as possible?
That's a pretty tall order for one word.
At the very end of last year, I was trying on bodacious and audacious as my watchwords for 2012.
Then the sadness came along with some other obstacles. The slowing down I could do nothing about.
And I didn't feel audacious or bodacious anymore.....still, I wanted a word that would remind me of the present moment, to celebrate the accomplishments of the moment, to savor life in the moment while also keeping my eye on moving forward.
In the end, I chose two words, revel and best.
I chose revel to help me to enjoy every minute of the day as much as possible. Even set backs, slow downs, obstacles and challenges. They're often gifts. We just have to change our perspective sometimes to recognize the value they bring. I chose the word to remind me to revel in small things as well as big and to celebrate them rather than rushing to the next challenge, obstacle, or task.
Inspired by KJ's gentle wisdom over at Catching Happiness, I decided to choose a second word. When I settled on best, it was so I would ask myself the necessary questions so that I would stay aware of the choices, decisions, energy and resources I put into any situation....is this the best decision I can make? [Make it and move on.]
Is this the best thing for me to be eating right now? [No, put the donut down and go get an apple.]
Does this situation require my very best or is good enough okay? [Good enough is okay. Put the extra energy towards the next challenge.]
I believe revel and best will help me to own 2012 and to make it mine. There will be missteps, obstacles, failures, struggles, fear, celebration, joy, tears of sadness and happiness.
With any luck at all, when I look back over 2012, I'll be able to say that not only did I own it, I made it count. I made it a good one.
(Congratulations if you made it this far! I know this is a ridiculously long post and I promise to be more brief in the future!)
One of the things I did way back at the beginning of 2011 was to write a few sentences down using my word of the year move. These sentences were written as if it were already the end of the year and I was writing an overview in December of all my accomplishments. Some examples follow:
- I really moved forward with the business by changing the way I deliver the class material.
- Moving my body has really helped me to move towards better health.
- I finally get to move around and visit different parts of the country with Imaginary Trips Made Real!
I also wrote a few that didn't happen and that's okay. These did! By writing out these sentences using my WOTY, I was setting intentions, putting myself and the Universe on notice that I had things to do, places to be, people to meet!
I was just recently introduced to a new tool called futureme.org. It is a tool that allows you to write a letter to yourself and then have it delivered on whatever date in the future you want. You can even add a photo if you so choose. You can make it anonymous and public or keep it private.
So here is my challenge to each of you to help make 2012 your best year yet is to write a letter to yourself as if it were December 2012. Talk about all the things you accomplished, all the goals you met, the challenges you overcame. Set a powerful intention to yourself NOW.
The letter will help you to see what you accomplished in the 11 months to come.
Perhaps you'll want to send more frequent letters (I have mine set for the seasons' solstice).
Here's to our year. 2012. Let's own it—together!
[DM, this ones for you!]