When choosing a word, I like to pick one that is sort of a "stretch" goal. I pick a word that represents what I want to see manifested more in my life. I pick a word that if I the year goes right, I will have improved an aspect of the way I "bring it" in this world. I will be better for choosing it.
This year I chose "ENERGY".
It meets all the criteria I look for in my Word Of The Year, (WOTY). Yet, I struggle. "FOCUS" was a tough one, but "ENERGY" has been harder for me than I would have imagined.
Maybe its because I had very specific pictures in my mind associated with this WOTY, such as Christy the Gym Rat or Dedicated Yoga practitioner. I did plan on a few races and was really excited about this one, but it didn't happen.
At the very least I pictured having racked up a good number of hours of exercise by this time. I feel no closer to "ENERGY" when looking at the physical activity aspect of my WOTY. I'm going to stay open about what success in this area looks like and trust that I will find my way.
There are other aspects about "ENERGY" I considered as well.
The "ENERGY" I put into my body. I've done well to choose more non-processed foods, mostly plant based whole foods that nourish my body.
The "ENERGY" I feel throughout the day, meaning not tired and wore out. Recently I've made some interesting discoveries... Vitamin B Complex is doing it for me. Caffeine... Not so much.
The "ENERGY" I spend is spent wisely. Mental energy, emotional energy, physical energy can all be viewed as an investment or a drain on the reserves. I think being aware of how I'm spending my energy and making conscious decisions about that makes a big difference. This one comes more naturally than some of the others.
The "ENERGY" I bring to others and to myself. I want to be a positive energy that uplifts. I am not looking to be "the life of the party","full of energy" or "bouncing off the walls", but expressing enthusiasm either in words or actions that I truly feel is what Im talking about. I don't want to seem tired or have a dull affect or be "blah" when I'm feeling generally good and happy. (& I do feel generally good and happy most all the time)
So... I can say I'm working on things and making progress. With any luck or more likely, through purposeful action, the physical activity part of"ENERGY" is going to see improvement this year as well. Intentions are not actions... actions are actions. I CAN make a way for this to happen.
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