And so another year draws to a close. I am looking forward to the next one, but not before I’ve reflected on 2017. I’ve been doing that quietly as I worked out my word for 2018.
My word for 2017 was ‘happy’. I can say that I did try to make it so – but it didn’t seem enough. There were times when I felt I was not enough either. But through the sadness, the anger, the feelings of betrayal, I learnt a lot lot. Most of all, I learnt to trust my instincts a lot more and do what I felt was right, and stand up for myself like never before. I am ending the year happy and hopeful. And looking forward to 2018 with excitement.
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
― Alfred Tennyson
My Word For 2018
In the process of choosing my word for 2018, two words came to me – ‘create’ and ‘peace’. So I decided to make them into a phrase for the year – create peacefully.
What will ‘create’ mean for me in 2018?
In 2018 I want to venture into new ways of being creative, while pursuing the old ones I’ve tried and haven’t stuck to. Writing and publishing a book or too, creating some videos and revisiting my blogging are all part of what creativity will mean to me. I’m trying my hand at Bullet Journalling again will continue with my weekly gratitude journal. I’m also hoping to complete some courses I’ve started.
What will ‘peace’ mean to me in 2018?
Certainly, not the absence of conflict. I don’t believe that peace is that at all. No, peace for me will mean accepting gracefully and gratefully every experience that 2018 brings. I will mean seeking out more time for reflection. More quiet times.
And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here.
– Wendell Berry
Why I combined both
I want to bring more order into my way of working and creating. No frantic rushing about. Instead, I want to create mindfully and intentionally.
What is Word Of Year all about?
In case you’re wondering what this word of the year business is all about, let me explain. I came across the idea that it is better to choose one word/ phrase for the year than have a list of New Year’s resolutions that don’t work. I know it helps me to see my life through the lens of that one word/phrase and focus on it. It helps me go through the year more positively and not feel burdened by guilt about resolutions I didn’t keep.
After 3 years of using this method consistently, I recommend it to you as something you should try. Check out Modern Gypsy’s workbook to work on your word of the year.
What is your word/phrase for 2018? Do share.
If you have written or are planning to write a post sharing your word of the year, please add the link here. I’m keeping this linky open till 7 Jan 2018