“A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought, and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
It’s the dawn of a new year. A time to start fresh. To review the past and look toward the future.
“I want to lose weight.”
” I will spend more time with my family.”
“I intend to eat healthy every day.”
New Year’s Resolutions. Grand plans to start the year anew. Statements that touch upon some area in our life that we’re not completely happy with. Ever done them – made New Year’s resolutions? Just like the spike in gym memberships in January of each year – followed by the decline in February, New Year’s resolutions typically fade quickly as our daily lives takes us to where we’ve always been.
Last year, I was inspired by a much different approach to New Year’s resolutions – a concept by singer/song writer/blogger Christine Kane. The idea – to come up with one word to focus on.
The idea – that this one word will connect with us at a much deeper level, and inspire us to make it become part of our daily life. That it will BE part of our true fabric. And in being part of us at a much deeper level, this word will be a guide toward the life we desire, toward doing the things that are in alignment with what this word means to us.
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SPLASH – what does that mean to me?
As I spent some time thinking about what word really connected with me – my thoughts kept coming back to three words: adventure, action, and fun. I bounced back and forth – which one to really encompass this new year? Choosing one, felt like I was neglecting something else in me.
It embodies all of these: adventure, action, and fun.
Taking action and jumping in – SPLASH!
Having fun – SPLASH!
Seeing the adventure that comes in all of life's moments – SPLASH!
This is about not only the big SPLASHES in life, it's really about embracing all of life's moments – big and small and everything in between – and seeing that jumping in is really a beautiful part of life. And as much as this is about embracing life in a very physical sense, for me this also means jumping in to my own internal thoughts as well. Being with those thoughts that I have bouncing around in my head and in my heart – and taking the time to SPLASH around with them, to not ignore these thoughts in the normal-ness of daily life.
In everything that this upcoming year holds, I am ready to SPLASH around with it all!
What would you choose for a word to focus on? This year, 2010, has many great possibilities in store for each one of you – may you find much meaning in all that is to come in the next twelve months!