For over a decade* I chose a Word of the Year (WotY) and the dedicated among you can read about this at your leisure because I have blogged about it since 2009**.
I searched old posts because I was trying to work out when I stopped but I always knew it was 2015. In 2009 I focussed; in 2010 I opened and in 2011 I reflected on courage but didn’t hyperlink anything. In 2012 I learnt more about WordPress and I laughed In 2013 I listened; in 2014 I got greedy (or afraid of getting it wrong) and created and connected. And then I stopped. I did send you all a nice blessing in 2016 but nothing about WotYs. I think it is positive that I am doing both again.
There’s a few approaches to WotY. One is described here and I combine that approach with my own choose a cloud technique (Patent Pending. Ha Ha). Family members and friends sometimes ask me to choose one for them. There is nothing woo woo about it. I sit and think of that person and send them a blessing of lovingkindness…May they be filled with lovingkindness; May they be well; May they be peaceful and at ease; May they be happy.
You could do worse.
And then I choose a cloud from my lovely Nepali bag. I don’t cheat. I don’t edit or swap. I just note it down. If you are reading this I have probably chosen one for you. If I haven’t, I will. Just ask. A New Year’s gift. I remade all the clouds yesterday because the others were getting worn and I eliminated words I wouldn’t want like endure, or anything that implied suck it up, brace yourself , it’s going to be another shocker etc. My word is SAVOUR which I like. I will try to remember to ask myself How would this activity/ day/ moment be if I bought the quality of savouring to it? I hope that savouring will help me to notice, to observe, to slow down. And maybe to create in response to. Who knows? I am looking forward to seeing what thinking about this word brings!
For a good NY Day read this to read all that Kerrie Sackville didn’t achieve in 2018!
*Earlier WotYs have been recorded in journals. Based on this blog, the word for 2009 was focus; 2010 was openness; and 2011 was courage
**Gosh, August 2019 will mark ten years of sporadic blogging. there should be an award for that!