I have a list of words I love to revisit when it's time to choose a new word. But my word for 2022 chose me in December. Some of my words have been "being" words (my favorites), some are "doing" words that ask more of me and challenge me, but most are a wonderful combination of being and doing. Several years ago, I penned this poem using my OLW for each year as the lead for each line. But I stopped after year 7. And
since this is year 10, I wanted to finish this second stanza. And so I add
years 8 and 9 to the second stanza:
Listen to the stillness,
Savor the present moment,
Stretch to grow, and always
Abide in His love to
Nourish my soul and reach out in love.
Delight in small moments and simple pleasures,
Try, a gentle word inviting growth and change.
Light becomes a beacon during difficult times,
Comfort wraps me in a year of coping with loss,
(I'll wait until year's end to add my line about this year's OLW...)
Each year, I peruse my list of unused words from previous years (gather and connect were definitely in the running for this year). but the call from clear was urgent and one I couldn't ignore. Initially it chose me because of the physical challenges I face of clearing clutter. We know that one of these days we will downsize and now seems a perfect time to focus on clearing spaces in our home.
However, I also look forward to letting "clear" become a way to find focus for my days. I love this quote I found: "Clear your mind. Your heart is trying to tell you something." (Unknown) And that takes me back to my very first word, listen. I look forward to my clearing journey for 2022 so that I can listen more often to my heart. I spent some time learning to meditate last year with Headspace. I look forward to getting back into that routine.
And now, I'm off to read the posts of my fellow bloggers at both Spiritual Journey Thursday and Sharing Our Stories. What a perfectly delightful focus for the next bit of my morning!