Last year my daughter and I were shopping in an arts district and I found a beautiful sign.
I loved that it was simplistic, made from natural resources, more importantly, wood.
I love wood, and I was drawn in by the simple, yet meaningful word engraved on it …
I decided that I wanted Inspire to be my word of the year, and more so my mantra.
First I had to know why this word was meaningful to me.
I came to find out I loved it for all the wrong reasons.
Upon buying the plaque, and hanging it over my door, I did not honestly give much thought to the word other than I like getting inspired.
I enjoy the creative process, writing, literature, live theater, music, all things I have been involved in personally.
All things that are inspiring.
It was not until I sat down to write this that it really dawned on me.
The word inspire did not imply me becoming inspired or being inspired.
Rather that I needed to inspire others!
My ego and I would like to think that I have been an inspiring person over the years.
I could sit here and list ways that I feel I have inspired others.
I am sure my daughter and husband would say I have inspired them.
Yet, I had to come back and realize if I am to adopt a word of the year I need it to be a verb, not an adjective to describe me!
Honestly, I do not feel I have truly been inspiring over the last few years, at least not intentionally so.
I think that is what I was looking for in my word of the year, a word in which I could reflect on.
A word that I could find ways to put into action.
So Inspire it is, and now the next step is finding ways in which I can inspire others.
I have a short list worked out in my head.
Although with me, nothing is “real” until it is on paper, written out, as to truly put my thoughts, feelings, and desires into a manifestation mode.
There is something about putting pen or pencil to paper that makes it more real, more valid, more personal.
It’s like you transform something from a thought, or intention, into an action by writing it.
Inspire means to stimulate, encourage, motivate, influence, and energize.
I suppose as a blogger I have been able to do a few of these things for others.
Inspire also means to inhale and breathe.
That makes it perfect as a mantra and for meditation.
It also means to create a positive feeling in another person. I want to do more of that!
Why have a word of the year at all?
For me, it is about having a singular focus to come back to when everything else feels loopy or out of control.
Usually, I am not one for making resolutions.
I would not make promises I am not 100% sure I can keep to a stranger, family, or friend, so why should I do that to myself?
A focus word allows me to make it whatever I want it to become, as long as it is positive.
If I wish I can make Inspire an action through volunteering, what I write on my blog, what I say to others, or anything really, but I feel it has a much larger scope, the ability for a much bigger impact than resolving to something.
Resolve, and resolution has many negative connotations if you ask me, and often times fail.
A focus word or word of the year allows us more freedom.
No that is not an “out” that is simply a manner of looking at it.
For all we know, I may inspire someone to keep their New Years Resolution.