I've spent quite a bit of time thinking about the word I want to choose for 2011. I thought I had it down to 2...abundance and confidence but I couldn't choose between the two. I finally decided that I was going to just go with both of them. Why not?
But then something happened last night around 2:00am. I had a really great New Years Eve party with some of my favorite friends and their kids. My teenagers were even there. It felt so right. We were all having fun watching the kids play with the new xbox kinect we got. They were getting down to the dance game and having a ball.
As the night progressed some of the moms started dancing and then even some of the dads got in on it. One of my friends was trying to get me to do it and I kept saying no. I have played it before and I'm not too bad but I just didn't feel comfortable.
When the last guest left my son asked me if he could do just one more dance before he went to bed and could I please do it with him. Of course I said yes. I proceeded to rock it out and actually get over 1 million! A new record.
When I went up to bed I started thinking about my word choices and suddenly confidence didn't seem to fit. I was confident that I could do the dance game but I just didn't want to. It hit me like a ton of bricks...the word I need is courage! The courage to step out of my box when I feel uncomfortable. The courage to be who I am no matter what. The courage to live the life I deserve to live.
So my two words for 2011 are abundance and courage. The funny thing is that I did this Explore Your Word of the Year worksheet from Joy Tanksley and it became obvious why I couldn't decide between the two words. To me, they are they are on complete opposite sides of the spectrum and I must need the energy from both of them to balance each other out.
Here are some examples of what I mean:
How does your word taste?
abundance- sweet, complex
courage- bold, strong, spicy
How does your word feel?
abundance- trusting, warm, embracing
courage- empowering, strong, proud
How does your word move?
abundance- floating, swinging, drifting
courage- purposeful, upright, with direction
See what I mean? Complete opposites! I love it!
And to further reinforce one of my choices, I read a post on ABC Creativity and she had a quote on there that really hit home for me:
abundance = discovering that i have way more than i thought i didSo into 2011 I go with my two words to guide me through. I am planning on checking in from time to time to see how I am growing and changing and how these words are guiding me through my year.
Have you chosen a word yet? I would love to hear all about it!