It’s new year – an opportunity to RESET, create a resolution, or think differently about something. Making a resolution is pretty common practice. You hear people talking about it a little before the New Year and then declaring it in January. There are lots of articles and workshops on goal-setting and everyone seems to have an energy about making some kind of shift in their lives.
I’ve never hear people talking about resolutions in July – even really even by March. I have wondered why this is – it’s likely due to a lot of different reasons. Maybe we forget, perhaps what we chose to shift is not really connected to something larger we want for ourselves, or we may get caught in the day to day and brush off our commitment we’ve made to ourselves because other things become a priority. Perhaps, it’s because in making a resolution, we are focused on what we don’t have or in ‘fixing’ something about ourselves..
It’s been a couple of years since I stopped identifying a resolution. I honestly can not even recall what some of them have been in the past.
Over the last few years, I’ve chosen a word that would be my focus of the year. In the past, some of my words have been trust and community. For me, in choosing a word, it’s not that the essence of the word miraculously manifests in some easy way; however I have noticed that experiences will show up in my life related to this word.
The unfolding of trust was really interesting. Over the course of that year, situations came up over and over where I was being given an opportunity to trust myself in a deeper way. It helped me connect more deeply to my intuition – this was definitely not what I had envisioned, but it was a great by-product of it.
The same with community – in choosing community as my word, at the end of year, I felt more grounded and connected to those around me. I also lost some relationships along the way, which definitely was not what I envisioned. But, in making space for more aligned community to come into my life, I realized that I needed to let go of relationships that were no longer serving either me or the other person.
These transitions do not always feel good as they often involves a lot of processing of discomfort and expanding our ability to experience a range of feelings… but growth is not always comfortable or easy.
This year, I’ve landed on the word RESOURCED. It feels really good in my body even when I think about what being truly resourced feels like. Having more than enough time, energy, money, space, etc… to do all the things I really want to do. The interesting thing with these words is they also carry an energy and will show up differently for each person. The universe will deliver what you most need (even if it’s not what you necessarily want!). So I’m putting my word out there and seeing what experiences come my way. And when I make decisions about how I want to spend my time, energy, and money, I have a context I can use to help me make an aligned choice. A word versus a specific resolution can feel really expansive and be a guideline for what you want to cultivate in your life.
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