Last year was the first time I had encountered the notion of a word for the year.
It felt different from a resolution which has always seemed to me like something one either kept or broke. (Mostly broke.)
A word feels friendlier to me. Less rigid. Something to which one can return over and over again.
Inspired, no doubt, by my journey with Color of Woman and Intentional Creativity teacher training, the word that found me for 2018 was intentional.
It was really helpful in the way that having a compass in a car is helpful for directionally challenged people like me. The whole notion of being intentional just kept pointing me in the direction I wanted to go.
Now that the fireworks have died down and the Prosecco has disappeared, it is clearly time for a new word.
I was beginning to think, much to my dismay, that my word for 2019 was going to be waiting. Not, of course, that it’s a bad word. It’s just kind of frustrating when what you’re waiting for is a plumber, whom we called on Friday and finally showed up today, which is a story for another day.
Inspired by the conversation going on among my paint sisters about choosing their words for 2019, I’ve been listening, contemplating my options.
I’ve finally come to a conclusion. It’s going to take two words!
The first is learning as in the quote from the fabulous sculptor, Michelangelo. (I’ve walked in the courtyard where he carved the David!!!)
I am still learning.
It’s been a favorite of mine for years.
Someone suggested to me that it might be an odd choice for someone who had just graduated from a teacher training program.
It makes perfect sense to me. I spent last year learning lots of things, among them some of the things I don’t know yet. So, the obvious next step is more learning.
The second is enough. Not only in the sense of needing two words to have enough but in the sense that I am enough.
More importantly, you are enough.
Wise enough. Creative enough. Worthy enough. Healed enough.
Which isn’t to say that there isn’t more wisdom and creativity and healing we might like. Just that we are enough, already. And worthy of pursuing our dreams.
Some intentional tech-y learning I’ve signed up for and my intentional walking shoes from last year will no doubt be helpful for my particular journey.
I also need enough time and space for my pieces of the red thread… for my callings in the world. And for me.
So do you.
Ponder a word if it seems helpful. Or two. Until you find your own, I’m happy to share mine. Especially enough.
And I’d love it if you’d leave a comment below, or email me, with the words that find you. Together, we are enough to make this year a better one in our world.
So be it.
(The art for today is a glimpse of my work in progress… an intuitive interpretation of a friend’s grandmother’s farm.)