At the beginning of each of the last few years, I have tried to pick a word to sum up my intention for that upcoming year. Last week as we were heading towards New Year's Day, I was wracking my brain for my word for 2022. I was in the car with my husband on the way to work when I told him that all the words for the last few years were things like "reinvent", "declutter", or "organize". I told him that I felt like I wasn't getting anywhere because every year my word is about getting somewhere other than where I was already. And after several years of doing this, it made me feel like I'm constantly starting off at the same point that I was the year before. Like I'm just going in circles, never making any progress.
He looked at me and said "well, maybe you should think of a different word... like satisfaction... or comfort". His comment struck me like a lightning bolt. Yes! That's what I need to do this year - I need to stay in the moment and realize that where I am right now is where I am supposed to be. I always tell myself that everything happens for a reason, but maybe this year I need to focus more on what gives me joy every day instead of thinking about what I am going to be doing one day in the future that will make me happy. I have been mulling this word over all weekend, and I have to say that shifting my mindset this way has been a little like trying to paddle my way out of the sea of ennui that I have been floating on throughout this whole pandemic. Let's see how this year progresses.