I wasn’t sure if I wanted a word for 2018. I set out with the intention of choosing one. Then I hit the doubt wall. I got stuck in a focus loop. A word to focus on can bring focus. A word for 2018 would bring me focus for the year. I need to focus because I so often lack it. focus as a word is a bit of a cop-out though.
I almost went with transition, or its variant transit. In the end, I thought that was just a little too transient – sorry, couldn’t resist that.
There were others as well, balance, journey and many more of a similar nature. One very strong possibility was rewild. I am really inspired by George Monbiot’s Feral (Affiliate link). Going into 2018 I want to explore some of the ideas, or rather, the philosophies in the book with regard to my spiritual journey and how I approach journaling. For a while both of those words were potentials, but I felt they didn’t really encompass everything I wanted to do.
In 2017 I have done things I didn’t think I could do. I started in 2016, but a few hiccups made it an abortive process. I want to continue to achieve what I can. Doing new things, stepping out of my comfort zone and not putting off things ‘just because’ or losing … erm, well, focus.
So back to focus and my lack of. It is down to concentrating too much on the future. I dream of the future, I imagine what it could be like and I lose myself wondering how to get there. Basically, I struggle with the here and now, and yes there are a few of us out there. It’s far too easy to blame the writer in me, imagining unknown worlds and bringing them into being on the page. I wouldn’t mind if the writer was focused and didn’t put things off, but he does!
I want a word that captures the moment. I want a word that doesn’t sound like management speak. I want a word that speaks of enjoying and wanting and being part of the ‘moments’.
In the end, as my word for 2018, I chose…
I like the way it is warm and friendly toward everything I apply it too. It is a positive act. It is an extrovert type word (well, for me) and for this introvert that is good. It is a long way from management speak and, although a little liberal/hippie/Buddhist that’s no bad thing, and I think there is little better for me than to embrace the moment this next year.
So as I step into 2018 I can:
- Embrace finishing projects
- Embrace feral spirituality
- Embrace relationships
- Embrace stepping out of my comfort zone
- Embrace asking others
- Embrace the difficult situations where I find myself (vocational and personal)
- Embrace challenges
- Embrace what I can’t change
- Embrace the changes I can make
And, of course,
Embrace this life I have been given
This past year I have taken chances and said yes instead of no. In 2018 I intend to take more and I will embrace each and every one.