It sounds so simple, but even a single word can elude you.
It can seem too concentrated, too powerful, or too intimidating. Sundry challenges might interfere causing you to lose touch with your precious word. And, as the saying goes, old habits die hard.
Have you lost touch with your word? Or, is your word filling your life with meaning and purpose?
Here are some challenges you may have encountered:
1. Your 2011 word has dissolved into the mists.
Life is full if not overwhelming. It’s easy to forget your word completely.
2. You are engaged in 2011 word-related activities, but you don’t acknowledge them.
Sometimes we overlook what we actually accomplish, especially if it’s not new and exciting.
3. Your 2011 word has lost its juice.
Life occurs in cycles. Yet, in the 21st century, we expect to be “on” all the time. It’s OK if your word simmers for periods of time. Or, maybe you just need to inject some new juice into your word. Try looking at it from a different angle or playing with it in a creative way.
4. Your 2011 word no longer resonates.
Maybe it was the right word for a few weeks or a few months, but no longer feels right. There’s no hard and fast rule that your word must last a full year. Set your old word free and choose a new word!
5. You haven’t chosen a 2011 word.
You can start now. You can start anytime. You’ll find ideas for choosing and using your word in One Powerful Word: A Simple Approach to New Year’s Resolutions.
Reflection: So How Goes It with You and Your 2001 Word?
The reflection this week involves taking a look at where you are at with your 2001 word.
Are you fully engaged with your word? Is positive change happening all around you stimulated by your word of choice? If so please tell us all about it. What has worked for you? Will you continue on the same path or work with your word in new ways in the coming months?
If you aren’t fully engaged with your word, take a look at the scenarios above. Does one ring true? Have you encountered another challenge? Where are you stuck? What could help move you forward? Are you ready to recommit to your word? Or do you just want to throw the whole idea out the window?
Enjoy your investigation and please tell us about it.
Me and My 2001 Word: Healing
I started the year with a bang. My 2011 word – healing – manifested brilliantly through writing Have You Lost a Part of Yourself? Exploring and expressing this theme was a crucial step forward in my healing process.
Then my word went underground. I remembered to write “healing” in brightly colored letters each week in my calendar. I let it float in the background, but I was too busy to engage creatively with my word or add any new approaches to healing.
Although I immersed myself in healing each and every day, I suddenly realized I didn’t acknowledge or celebrate these steps. Meditation, visualization, breathing skillfully, exercise, and writing are all a part of my daily healing menu.
But still I felt like I wasn’t engaging properly with my word because I wasn’t doing anything new or exciting. Like artwork. I always dream of artwork as a means of deeper inner exploration. So everything else didn’t count.
Mind can be so tricky! It convinces us that we are not doing enough by not acknowledging what we actually do. This can leave you in a state of perpetual discontentment.
On top of that, when a cold spell hit, my health took a nosedive. Hopefulness dissolved and my old friend frustration came for a tedious visit. I was deceived yet again by my momentary improvements over the summer. Then winter set in once again to correct my misperception.
Percolating Madly in a Deeper Way
But, all was well because my word was percolating madly in deeper and more profound ways. The arising sense of despair caused me to reflect on the true meaning of healing. Clinging to a dream of physical healing just brought unhappiness and frustration my way, I could clearly see.
What would I really like to see at the end of 2011 from engaging with my word? True healing, I rediscovered, would be letting go of this sense of frustration once and for all. It would be letting go of all hope and fear. Hope and fear are the real demons that infuse one’s life with unhappiness and despair.
These reflections connected me more strongly than ever with my spiritual purpose in life. I was reminded that healing encompasses faith, contentment, inner comfort and ease, and a willingness to accept the present moment exactly as it is.
I see my word has been percolating wildly, taking me exactly where I need to go.
How about you? Have you been able to engage with your 2011 Word?
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