Laura Cater-Woods talked about "mindfulness" in such a beautiful way. Being more mindful of the details of life, no matter how insignificant, is something I find becomes more important to me as I get older. It provides richness and texture to our daily life.
Some of the word choices seemed off to me. Someone said their word was "clutter," as in getting rid of it, I guess. But I would not want such a negative word guiding me through the year. Someone else listed her word as "me." Honest, if nothing else.
Christine Thresh's word is "Good." She says, "I hope I will examine my actions and motivations this year and ask myself 'is this good for you? Is this good for the community and the world?' ” I really like that.
The best word I could think of to describe what I most want and need right now is "thrive." It may not precisely express what I am after, but it was the best word I could come up with. At the beginning of this new year I find myself so lucky to have opportunities I never expected and so much to look forward to. I am part of the 12 x 12 group, writing a book that will be published in 2011. I am writing another magazine article, making quilts for a couple of exhibits and working toward some additional new adventures in art quilting. There are family celebrations planned for this year that will be joyful occasions. "Thrive" to me means being in the moment and enjoying these gifts. It means staying organized and avoiding the stress of hurried, last minute pressure. It means taking care of my health and well-being so I can work at full capacity, with maximum enjoyment. It encompasses some of the other words that came up, including focus and mindfulness.
I made a quick, tiny little banner to hang in my workroom that will remind me that I can thrive on a full schedule and the occasional deadline and I am lucky to have the life I have.