02 Jan Slice of Life: One Little Word for 2018
I had this picture of my boys as my laptop screensaver for most of 2017. There is so much I love about this photo — a memory of a great vacation, a beautiful vista, a slice of my boys enjoying each other — but there was something else about it that left me mesmerized by it. Throughout the year I thought about it and came to realize this photo really represented where I am in my life right now. My boys are looking ahead and charting a course. It is vast – some parts are known and some unknown. I am not leading them or even with them. I am nearby – watching, hoping, cheering, worrying, and trusting. This is the next phase of our journey together. We are ready.
So, what word will guide me through this next step of my life? There are so many changes ahead. Which word will stand by my side? Which word will conjure up the feeling I have when I look at this photo? I thought about hope, but somehow it felt too passive. I thought about happy, but that seemed too easy. I thought about the word present, but it is difficult to plan to be present when “where” is changing for some in my life. I settled on hope last night. It was close to what I wanted. I could make it active.
My word found me … create. It is exactly what I was looking for this year. It is hopeful and active. It is about beginnings and excitement. It is about discovering and planning. Create. I love how my word somehow finds me every year. Happy 2018 – Clare
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