As I have done for many years now, I am starting the year with a focus word. I have found this a useful practise. In 2009 my word was Awareness, and I feel like that word has stayed with me ever since. In 2010 it was Kindness, and it made me focus on a different aspect of the word for me.
I think what I have like about having a word to focus on for an entire year is that it makes me think of the many different meanings the word can have. My word for 2011, Movement, is a prime example. I thought the word was about movement in both my physical life and my professional life. But it was also about movement in my spirit. 2011 saw a lot of movement for our entire family, from Bushboy starting a new school and new sport, to Mr. Kate making a big decision about work, to me not only going out to work in an office again but also expanding my editing work and finally moving on my knitting. Yes Movement was an excellent word.
So we come to 2012. I debated this one for a long while, and the word only finally came to me in the final hours of December 31st. I almost went with Adventure, and I do plan on having great adventures in 2012, but the word I chose encompasses adventure and also so much more. My word is
I am looking at a boy who will be 12 shortly. A husband who will turn 40 this year. A mother who is turning 70 in a month. A life that has certainly seen changes in the past few months. Adventures waiting for me. And I want to remember Acceptance. Not in a passive way of accepting that which we cannot change (although this is also important) but in a positive way. A way of choosing my battles, of growing and aging gracefully and with joy, of allowing freedom where necessary, of seizing opportunity when it passes, of getting out and of saying yes when I should. I want to learn the skill, in all the nuanced ways, of Acceptance.
I hope you will come along on this journey with me, and if you are looking at a word for 2012, please feel welcome to share it in the comments.
Happy New Year, my friends and readers, may 2012 bring you all a little adventure and joy and peace.