“What’s your word for 2016?” the text message reads.
“Still deciding.” I reply.
I text back an emoji sticking its tongue out. I chuckle as my eyes wander to the fridge where CHOOSE A WORD FOR 2016 has been residing on my To Do list for quite some time. I glance at the calendar. Over a week into 2016. Time to get serious.
What better place to find inspiration than the Internet? Sprinkled all over Facebook are images of words people have chosen to guide them through 2016. Some of my friends have drawn beautiful pictures of their word and pasted them on their Timeline. One of my favorite bloggers, Laura McKowen, even posted a video about her word for 2016.
And here I sit wordless.
The truth is I’ve never really had a word for the year, or at least one that I have consciously chosen. Take last year for example. Selecting a word for the year was the last thing on my mind. My two youngest children had gone to live with their father and I was heartbroken. I was just trying to get by until time healed my wounds or until I was able to accept that life had become what it had become despite my best efforts to make it the life I thought it should be.
Ultimately the Universe chose my word for 2015. It ended up being Survive.
2016 is going to be different. This year I want to chose a word that will point me in the direction toward the life I want to lead, the life I choose to lead. I want my word to inspire me and catapult me to new and awesome places.
Okay, maybe not catapult me but at least shift my focus.
So much of 2015 was spent focusing on what I didn’t have instead of what I do have.
Maybe I should choose that for my word.
Focus is a good word but since it’s something I struggle with in general, I probably shouldn’t set out to spend 365 (well, 356 now) days attempting to incorporate it into my daily life.
I continue to scroll through Facebook searching for inspiration.
Inspiration is a good one but a little open ended.
Abundance, Grace, Forgiveness, Truth
These are also good words but none of them resonate with me enough to commit to putting them into practice for an entire year.
I come across Laura McKowen and Build again.
Build is a good one but I just got out of survival mode so I’m probably not ready to build anything just yet.
Love, Happiness, Faith , Purpose
With so many possibilities to choose from, I instantly become overwhelmed and it’s clear to me why this task remains on my To Do List.
I take a deep breath. I assure myself it’s all good. I close my eyes. A word pops in my mind and I realize it has been the word I have been telling myself over and over again lately.
That’s my Guiding Word for 2016.
I want to feel grateful this year. I want to be grateful.
Grateful for Every.Single.Thing.
I want to be grateful for all the blessings in my life, both past and present, and show thanks for both.
I want to be grateful for all that I have instead of wishing I had something different.
I want to be grateful for whatever comes my way and instead of second guessing it, embrace it.
I want being grateful to be where I begin.
I want to be grateful right here and now.
So I am consciously choosing to be grateful throughout 2016.
Because Grateful is where I need to be.
What’s your Guiding Word for 2016?