one little word
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The power of a single word.
If you were to choose one word to live by, to sum up your aspirations for 2017 what would it be?
During 2015 I discovered Ali Edwards #onelittleword project through the hashtag on Instagram. It instantly struck a chord. Please visit her website for more information as she explains it so perfectly.
Last year my one little word was joy, and the impact of using that word as a touchstone throughout the year to keep bringing me back to my purpose and goals was extraordinary. I would keep asking myself if the choices I was making would bring me and others joy? It was a deliberate decision to choose that word as at the end of 2015 I had been housebound and unable to work for several months due to a bad back. It would have been very easy to just fall into a pit of despair, but I was determined to make the absolute best of my situation and refused to let my health define me. Using the word was a good way of getting my head out of the daily grind and giving me perspective on what would help create memories for the future.
My one little word for 2017 is LIGHT. I found it challenging to choose a word for 2017, not because of indecision I knew exactly what I wanted my word to encompass. I wanted it to build on the previous year, but I also wanted to have a more proactive side to my word. I wanted my one word to encompass mindfulness, positivity, joy, leadership, creativity and minimalism.
It’s a lot to ask from just one word!
So why does light sum up all of the above perfectly?
To me light means:
Feeling light = Minimalism
Reduce the amount of clutter both physically and mentally. Only carry what I need and what adds value to my life. Let the rest go. I began the KonMari method last year and completed most of it, but there were a couple of areas of my house that escaped. Mainly the kid’s toys and the garage. Clutter has also been insidiously creeping back in to the rest of the house. So I’ve begun to re-dig out the house again from scratch and get rid of the obvious junk. Do we really need 2 highchairs anymore now that our youngest is 3 and hasn’t sat in one for 18 months? No. So let’s get shot of them. To help keep me focussed on this I’ve begun to listen to The Minimalists podcast and I find having that weekly inspiration is helping to keep me chipping away at the clutter. As one of my other favourite podcasters, Gretchen Rubin always says “Outer order leads to inner calm”. I find this to be so true. As the physical space around me clears so does my mental clutter. I still don’t live in any kind of recognisable ‘minimalist’ home but I feel so much more in control of my own space rather than drowning in clutter.
Be light = Positivity
I want to make positivity my default setting. My life is a much happier place when I assume that everyone is doing their best that they can at that given moment. This is a big part of building on what I learnt last year when I focused on joy. I wrote about the impact of gratitude and positivity on my life here.
See the light = Be mindful and present in the moment
This is another BIG lesson that I learnt last year. To just pause and revel in the every day. When you actually stop and look around you. And I mean really LOOK at your life and the world. I find the world to be a place filled with wonder. Even in what can appear to be ordinary. I learnt to make time to go walks and enjoy the scenery. To watch my children playing and discover their imaginary worlds. To take the time to try and tell everyone important in my life that I appreciated them. I read somewhere, I think it was in the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, that studies have found that couples often show more consideration to other people than they do to each other. That struck a raw nerve when I read that as I have definitely been guilty of that.
Be the light = inspire and lead others
I’m a mum to three young children and I’m always conscious that they are learning how to view and behave in the world by watching me. I also manage staff at work. Those that are remaining with us come 1st April are stepping into new roles with new responsibilities and it’s my responsibility to support them to that. I want to be a boss that I would like to have.
What is your word for 2017 and why?