“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
A new year is upon us. A time to start fresh. To review the past and look toward the future.
“I want to lose weight.”
”I will become more organized.”
“I will paint.”
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 have always been.
Two years ago, I was inspired by a much different approach to New Year’s resolutions – a concept by singer/song writer/blogger Christine Kane. This 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.
For 2010, the word I chose was SPLASH. Again, this word became a deep part of my being during these past twelve months (and is something I will also be writing about soon, as I review this past year).
S H I N E
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SHINE – what does that mean to me?
Perhaps I can begin to answer that with another question. Have you ever held yourself back, because maybe, just maybe, there is some fear of stepping into who you truly are? …of shining your true colors?
And maybe the thing is, we even tiptoe around our own greatness (and that greatness, it is within each of us)…lurking just at the edge of the shadows. Perhaps stepping briefly into the light…
I'm there. I've been in the shadows, stepping out into the light…one step at a time.
Except, it's so easy to step back, too. To step back to that "safe" place, just outside the light. How about you? Do you hold yourself back sometimes?
This year will be about stepping more fully, more authentically, with more trust, into that light…a light that comes from within…and will shine more fully outward.
I am ready to SHINE!
What would you choose for a word to focus on? This year, 2011, 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!