I changed my Facebook header to remind me of the word I have chosen and to encourage me each time I logged into FB. Last year was the first time I had embarked on the journey of choosing a word to accompany me through the year. My word for 2016 was STEADFAST and each time I saw the banner I designed in PicMonkey it was a motivator for how I wanted to do life. After three years of WTF experiences something had to change: and you know what they say … nothing changes if nothing changes.
I can tell you that my word for 2015 – STEADFAST – has been a gem. It helped anchor me when I felt buffeted from pillar to post. It grounded me when the fog closed in. STEADFAST. Keep calm and hold your ground.
It was wildly empowering.
This year’s word is ELEVATE.
To raise, lift, boost, buoy up, heighten, uplift, advance, nurture, promote, erect, glorify, work on, enhance, upgrade, improve, work up, ascend, levitate (love that one, I can elevate myself above the small stuff). The list goes on: lift, develop, sanctify, increase, support, transform, encourage, construct, amplify, enrich, augment, maximise and lionise.
So this year is about ELEVATION. It is about rising above what I cannot change by transforming my attitudes and developing new perspectives that support a more tranquil lifestyle: work and home. It will be about elevating myself above relationships that no longer serve my goals or support my values. It will be about shedding and finding; and learning and thriving. I purposely chose a word that would be internal to nurture the inner me as well as one I could project into my world: clients, friends and those within my circle of influence.
There are plans to seek and find alternate training opportunities to enhance my therapeutic counselling toolkit. New is exciting. However, the year holds some uncertainty about my work situation and the decisions made around that aspect of my life need to support and enhance the quality of life the MOTH (Man of The House) and I enjoy.
There you have it. No New Year’s resolutions. One word to carry me through 365 days of 2017. ELEVATE. It will be stimulating year as I seek opportunities to ELEVATE others as well as dig deeper into a reflective life and unravel the myriad ways in which we are called to journey alongside one another.