Been thinking and searching for my word for the new year. A week ago, I was all go for "downsize". Thought it was the perfect word. Shared the whole journey I have been on for the last couple of years and the words and their significance with my hubby. We both agreed what a wonderful word. Now a week later, I am not feeling it. Yes, my house is in desperate need of being decluttered and renovated. But in a few short months my daughter will be back home and we will all be here. So downsize doesn't fit.
During winter break, I go through a cycle. First, everything seems overwhelming. So much to do and so many expectations. Once Christmas is over, I feel the need to purge. Then there is the free time that causes a degree of anxiety. Thinking about the close of the year is sad. But then, the promise of the new year gets me excited. Now I am back to thinking about selecting a word, and it keeps coming at me through different means. I am now ready to embrace it for it brings me laughter and creates memories of a life well lived. The word is "joy". And in my head I imagine the "o" divided into four sections. One for each of us- Richard, Danny, Grace, and myself. The challenge is to be mindful and experience and celebrate joy with each of the four important sections of the "o".