2015 My Year of…

on January 1, 2015 in Musings

New Year’s Day.  Fresh starts, focused intentions, detailed plans.  New calendars, empty journals.  And almost everyone shares your positive attitude.  The air is thick with optimism.

Statistics say we won’t accomplish a fraction of what we set out to do this year.  But that doesn’t stop us from setting our goals and jumping head first into the New Year.  Numbers are not my thing.  I’m an English Major.  The statistics mean nothing to me.

As many of you know, I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions.  Several years ago, a friend told me about her dream board.  She had learned about them from Christine Kane.  You can find her website here.  I made my own board and started reading Christine’s blog.  Instead of New Year Resolutions, Christine suggested picking a word to guide us through the year.

I think for days, trying different words on for size.  FOCUS, RITUAL.  As a writer, either of those would help me.  Finances on my mind, perhaps 2015’s word is ABUNDANCE.  But I never did get the house clean and organized; maybe I’ll recycle last year’s word, CLEAR.

I started a new job in 2014.  Gained weight.  Finished my memoir.  Got a home office.  Found help for Tim’s intractable hiccups.  Gave gifts, received more.  Finished the year with a CLEAR sense of what I do and don’t want.  Clear was the right word for last year.

For weeks, words have been rattling around in my head.  ACCEPTANCE.  I don’t need to be in control of everything; RELEASE.  Or PATIENCE.  DISCIPLINE.  That would be a good one.  SIMPLICITY.  ORDER.  Today’s the day.  I have to pick one.  My office is quite the mess right now.  But just to my left, on the bookshelf.  There it is.

ENOUGH.  I am enough.  I do enough.  We have enough.  ENOUGH.

EnoughEnough   [ih-nuhf]

1. adequate for the want or need; sufficient for the purpose or to satisfy desire.
2. an adequate quantity or number; sufficiency.
3. in a quantity or degree that answers a purpose or satisfies a need or desire; sufficiently.
4. fully or quite.
5. (used to express impatience or exasperation): “Enough! I heard you the first time.”

ENOUGH doesn’t mean the bare minimum.  Even desires will be fulfilled by ENOUGH.  And it will allow me to define my limits.  Welcome, 2015.  My year of ENOUGH.

This New Year’s morning, I wish you enough.

Note: If you want a stone engraved with your word, I recommend Justin.  From several Word of the Year stones, to gifts for my writer friends, to the stone in the picture, he has always surpassed my expectations.  His attention to detail and artistic guidance brought my ideas to beautiful life.  (Click on his name to go to his site.)

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