“Adventure” was a wonderful word for 2008, a motivating companion as I continued my quest to emerge from the shell of fear that kept me so closed to the world when I was a girl. It accompanied me along my path this year, emboldening me in several situations when fear of looking silly nearly denied me an experience, motivating me when my enthusiasm was overtaken by fatigue, and making the people around me who knew of the word partake in my life in a different way.
It took the small spark of treasuring the adventure in the everyday that I had, and flamed it into a fire of admiration for small adventures lived largely.
It ran on the treadmill with me through countless hours of training for the Budapest half-marathon. It took me to Europe and ran and biked and talked along side me through three and a half incredible months.
Now it can escort me to the next year, the next word…
In 2009, the word that has chosen me – and it was certainly that way around, just like last year – is HOME. It’s not just that I’m nesting after our return from the trip, although that plays a roll. This year, I want my focus to be on a mindfulness, and above all, a treasuring, nurturing, graceful mindfulness related to home and family. I want to run a dust cloth over the shelves a little more often…and feel the nurturing of our space that it entails. I want to spend my creative budget on the space and people nearest to me. I want to fix our bathroom, dig a new garden, and take our space from one level of soothing yet inspiring to another level. Even our vacations will play a roll, since we promised the kids no big trips – no Rockies, no Danube, no wondering what the cats and dog are up to without us for weeks at a time. And so my word HOME will help me to treasure our shorter camping trips to provincial parks.
HOME – to be at home in, to go home to, to settle into home, where the heart is… The place where it all begins and ends, with tea in the mornings and the four of us cuddled in a bedroom listening to me read a story at night.
This was all inspired last year by Ali Edwards. Here are a few Word of the Year links to prompt you if you’re interested.