Three Words for 2014

Words_letters_printing_265580_lMan oh man.

I went upside down and all around over this post.

Every year I choose either a word or three words.  The idea is that the word or words will guide my thoughts and actions as I navigate through the upcoming year.  

Choosing the words is an interesting process. Usually, they just come to me and I know intuitively that they are the right ones.  There's a kind of clunk inside me when the word comes and I know it's the one that is meant to be.  Last year, I chose one word.  The year before, there were three. And the year before that, three as well.

This year I struggled to arrive at even one.  Nuttin, and I mean nuttin, was coming to me.  I thought of plenty of possibilities but none of them seemed right. No clunk was forthcoming.  

I thought about gratitude, because I am so freakin' grateful for my life and all the people in it (including you, dear reader), and I thought about freedom and I thought about service and I thought about happy and I thought of all kinds of other words that went in and out of my brain so fast they didn't make an impression.

And then, this morning, out of the blue, they came to me:

Aligned. Focused. Zealous.

Taken one at a time, we have:

Aligned.  I want my actions to be in alignment with my strongest held beliefs around creativity, spirituality, and how I spend my day, hour to hour, moment to moment.  I want to spend time writing every day, no matter what, and I want to keep up with my meditation practice and spiritual studies (both of which have been somewhat lacking lately).  I want to eat the kind of food that I know nourishes me, and move my body in ways that will make it feel good.  And most of all, I want to act in alignment with my highest and best self.  

Focused.  This is the key to a successful writing life.  Actually, I'm pretty sure its the key to a successful life, period.  Sometimes I'm really good at it.  Sometimes my brain is all over the place. Working in bursts helps me, does it help you? I set the timer for 30 minutes and in those 30 minutes all I do is writer, period.  But sometimes I resist even doing that.  Sigh.  I have a rebellious nature–and it sucks when I rebel against myself.  At any rate, I want me more focus this year.  I've got a gazillion projects I want to bring into the world.

Zealous.  I believe this is my new favorite word.  Here's the definition of the word: (adjective)ardently active, devoted, or diligent; full of, characterized by, or due to zeal. Synonyms: enthusiasic, eager,fervid, fervent, intense, passionate, warm. Antonyms: apathetic; lackadaisical. Now who among us would not want to be zealous?  I want to be zealous for my writing, for my leisure pursuits, for my family and friends, for my life.  And when I think about it, I pretty much am zealous for all those things–I just want to make sure my actions are in alignment with my zealotry.

Phew.  I made it.  And I am zealous for my three words!

What about you?  Do you choose a word or words for the new year?  If so, what might they be?

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6 Responses to Three Words for 2014

  1. J.D. 12/17/2013 at 18:20 #

    I clicked on a link at the bottom and found the post on Shawn Mullins. Much to my amazement, in addition to Shawn, you write about Richard Brautigan! I have six books of his poetry and I’ve never understood a word. A friend of mine at the time, an English major, explained Trout Fishing in America to me. Who knows if she was right. These books are … what … forty-five years old? I’m too dumb for Brautigan, God rest his soul. Just like baby sitting a nine-year-old can be the best form of birth control, Richard Brautigan vaccinated me against poetry decades ago.

  2. J.D. 12/17/2013 at 18:23 #

    Oh yes, i promise to be FAZzed. I will be focused, aligned, and most of all zealous! No joke, those are excellent key words for 2014.

  3. Charlotte Dixon 12/17/2013 at 20:13 #

    Oh God we have a pile of Brautigan books in the library! I haven't read him in years-was probably under some kind of influence when I did read him. Your memories are too funny.

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  4. Charlotte Dixon 12/17/2013 at 20:14 #

    Ooh I love it-fazed! That is the best ever. A handy reminder for me for the year.

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  5. Julie 12/20/2013 at 20:01 #

    Love it! I love your choices. I’m very much in the same place myself. Looking forward to seeing how your words shape things.

  6. Charlotte Dixon 12/21/2013 at 06:51 #

    Glad we are so in tune! Here's to a great 2014!

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