Words communicate ideas. They define traits and actions. Every year, Ali Edwards chooses One Little Word as her New Year’s focus. It’s a tradition I’ve adopted. I’m not so much a goal-setting personality as a happy-moment type. Choosing a word provides a lens for me to frame my perspective, to acknowledge the moments that help me align current me with better me. I believe the universe provides opportunities for growth when I choose a focus.
My first One Little Word ever was SIMPLE. SIMPLE changed my life. Literally. Helped me become a stronger person more willing to stand up for myself and my family. LIGHT and RHYTHM also made big dents in my life.
Back in August, I found my focus for 2015. It’s a direct continuation of RHYTHM, happily enough. As I rediscovered my rhythms, I was comforted as I re-synced with my family’s rhythms. Then, those rhythms became habits. And I stagnated. Just did the same thing over and over because it was easy. I took the last 6 months of the year to decompress from a stressful 3 years of school and a harsh working environment. Then I slid into a habit of feeling tired. It was a quiet rhythm. One I needed. But it is now repetitive and I’m in a rut.
Then. Pinterest. I found a quote that resonated with me, with a deep “bong.”
I need more than just getting by.
For months I’ve been playing with words to sum-up this quote. Some of the obvious words were INTENT or FOCUS. I even found an awesome Scottish word ETTLE, which means purpose, aim, and intent (it even starts with a letter E – love “E” words). I played with ALIGN, ONCE, and WHIM.
I found my word for 2015 looking through photos of my family at Bear Lake. There was lots of water – my element. There was lots of splashing. Giggling. Splashing in Bear Lake disrupts our everyday rhythm. Refreshes us as a family. Refreshes me as an individual.
My word is SPLASH. It’s a noun and a verb – multifunctional. It is:
- changes the flow
- adds interest
- changes habits
- causes one to take a breath
- scattered masses or particles
- a patch of color or light
- a striking impression
- can be big or little
At work, I spent my time and energy identifying the purpose behind the needs and actions of my 37 students and 41 co-workers. I’m extremely good at sussing out the purpose behind people’s actions, and aligning the purpose of objectives and goals to address specific needs.
SPLASH is a word with purpose. The idea is that SPLASH will remind me to think about the purpose of my actions and habits. I may stop what I’m doing and change direction. I may proceed with my original intent with clarified purpose. I may just add a spot of happy interest. It’s a playful word, which fits the one little thing I need to connect with who I like to be. Right now, my world is filled with contentment. But my energy is draining into an excuse to recover. I’m done recovering. I need to spend that energy living with intent. Connecting with the purpose behind my feelings and actions. I need to develop a proactive, healthy rhythm.