The Power of a Single Word to Transform Your Year
New year's resolutions are difficult. I like to keep it simple and choose a single word to focus on all year long. My word for 2021 is PEACE. It speaks to me. Calls out to me. Whispers to my heart. By focusing on this word, I will make the time to take walks in nature by myself. I will shut off my phone while I am eating lunch or dinner, instead of listening to CNN and the constant stream of political stress. I will turn out the lights before midnight and get the sleep I so desperately need.
What word is calling to you? Spend two minutes in silence and ask yourself what you really want or need to focus on in 2021 and then trust the voice inside. You know what it is. Now, claim it for your own. And each day find small, yet important, ways to incorporate it into the fabric of your life. If CURIOUS is calling to you, get a free language app and consider spending a few minutes every day learning Mandarin or Greek. Or consider signing up for an online class in a subject area you have always wanted to know more about. The choices are endless. Whether you want to know more about the rights of refugees or the science of happiness, there is a course for that. If LOVE is your word, speak kindly when you feel like screaming, smile at the homeless person, or tell someone you really love him or her. Life is short. This is your year. Your time.
When life gets hectic and ugly and crazy, reconnect with your word and reclaim it. There is power in a well chosen word. It can keep you connected to what is most important and remind you of what you really want in life, so you can put your energy where it will make the most positive difference.
As women who are in the years before menopause, we are women of power. In Brene Brown's book "The Gifts of Imperfection," she talks about what she calls a midlife unraveling. It's what others may call a midlife crisis, but is much deeper. In her words, it is "a time when you feel a desperate pull to live the life you want to live, not the one you're 'supposed' to live." She goes on to say that a woman lets go of who others think she is supposed to be and embraces who she is.
Christine Northrup, M.D., an expert on perimenopause, says that these years are "the biggest opportunity for growth and empowerment since adolescence." That is exciting. We are on the verge of something big. Let's choose our WORD and go for it!
Let me know what word speaks to you. What will you focus on in 2021? Where will you direct your energy and time? I would love, love, love to hear from you, so hit the comment button. Wishing you a healthy and wonderful 2021.