The end of one year and the beginning of a new one encourage that inevitable list of resolutions, those accomplishments we want to achieve. It's generally accepted that these resolutions are rarely ever kept longer than a month or two; let alone completed.
I'm as guilty as you at this. I like the idea of to-do lists and goal setting. It helps to keep me motivated and going in the right direction. And a new year is a great time for being optimistic about what I can change.
But a resolution tends to be so broad that more often than not I can't reach it. (I did reach one resolution a couple years ago, but it was really hard to make that change. I did it by focusing on the small steps. And it took several years of having the same resolution before I actually made that goal.)
So when I came across the idea that rather than a specific facet of life I want to change - for example, organize my entire house - to focus on a single word, I thought this is something I can do. A word that is meant to be a motivator and remind you of this new year optimism when a few months from now life has got you so busy you drop all of your resolutions like a hot pan you grabbed with a bare hand.
So, my word for 2010 is Serenity.
With the last few months of wedding planning and improvements we want to make on the house, working towards serenity is what's going to keep me sane. At least that's what I'm hoping.
I've written it down in a few places to remind myself of this word throughout the year. I look forward to finding areas that I'll be able to achieve serenity even if it's just a little bit.
So what's your word?