So here we are in 2012.
As you may or may not know, I lost one of my beloved goats on December 19th. I’m still recovering, slowly but surely, trying to remember all the good times and not feel guilty for not being able to save my Pinters. There were also some other disappointments and delusioni toward the end of the year as well, and all together, they’ve put me in a rather down mood — exactly where I hate being around Christmas, which I normally love so much.
I’m beyond grateful for all the love and support so many of you have shown — including sending surprise gifts in the mail — but time marches on. It’s time to look forward.
Once again I have decided to choose a one-word theme for 2012, just as I did last year when the word was “now.” NOW pushed me through plenty of difficult times when my instinct was to focus on anything but “now”; simply repeating that three-letter word in my mind truly aided my quest to be more mindful and live in the moment, appreciating each and every experience, even the challenging times.
In fact, I will tuck that word into my mind as my back-up one-word theme, because I know I still need to focus on the “now” in 2012. But it’s a new year, and that means it’s time for a new word.
When I started brainstorming a couple weeks ago, one word popped into my mind immediately. But was it good enough? Did it really say enough? Was it *really* what I wanted my 2012 to revolve around?
The more I thought about other words — focus, shine, do, and joy among them — the more I kept coming back to that first word. The one that has invaded my consciousness, particularly since I’ve been feeling so DOWN the past couple weeks.
That word is UP.
The ultimate optimistic word, UP will guide me through this year’s challenges and opportunities.
Looking UP and thinking positively.
Keeping UP positive changes I’ve made.
Giving UP old habits that don’t serve me well.
Finishing UP lingering projects and moving forward.
Movin’ on UP (figuratively) à la The Jeffersons‘ theme song.
About six hours after I decided on UP, I opened an email that has already massively changed my direction for 2012 — a professional opportunity that involves a partnership and my entering into a field I’ve wanted to explore since, well, forever. Cannot wait to get started. Stay tuned for deets!
On January 23, we’ll also be entering the Year of the Dragon — and I’m a dragon, born in 1976. I had been envisioning the hot air balloon as my symbol of the year — UP, UP, and away! — but this morning while lying in bed, I realized just how appropriate that is. Every hot air balloon needs a heat source to keep it UP in the air.
Enter my fire-breathing dragon.
I’m already feeling like things are looking UP, like I’m ready to meet 2012 head-on and move onward and UPward to new, never-before-experienced-by-me heights.
What’s your one-word theme for 2012?