Word of the year…word for the year?
Prepositions can make such a difference in a sentence. Happily, my word for the year is also the word of the year. When I read about the idea, I didn’t think I would apply it to my life just now. But a few days’ thought and I realized I had a word for the year, or it had me, to be more accurate.
Are you choosing a word of the year? Ali Edwards had a great idea. It’s a little like choosing the theme music for your year: it sets the tone, pulls at the heart, leads the way deeper into the psyche.
Adventure. A word that hints of sweat and endless vistas, a word that conjures spice and the cries of exotic birds filling the air.
2: an exciting or remarkable experience <an adventure in exotic dining>
3: an enterprise involving financial risk
“You need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait. You need not even wait, just learn to become quiet and still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”
A passage that caught my eye in the Tao Te Ching when I first read it came to mind again today:
Without taking a step outdoors
You know the whole world;
Without taking a peep out the window
You know the colour of the sky.
The more you experience,
The less you know.
The sage wanders without knowing,
Looks without seeing,
Accomplishes without acting.
(chapter 47 as translated by Peter Merel)
Adventures of the mind. Adventures of the pen. Adventures of the body. Adventures together. Adventures alone.
I’d love to read your word, if you’re choosing one. Or if it’s choosing you, as mine did.