Choosing A Word of Intention For the New Year


What do you want your new year to look like?  Five years ago, I began taking a word for my year.  As I took the word, I would write it on a rock.  I did this because I could place the rock somewhere prominent and it would remind me on a daily basis of my commitment and intention as I saw it. 


I keep my rock on my vanity and it’s the first thing I see every morning and the last thing I see before I get in bed.  I also see it as I go about my day.  The first year, my word was Abundance.  This was the year I learned that I was worthy.  I was worthy of abundance in every area of my life, from financial to health to love to knowledge.  I do not believe I would have been near as open to receive had I not viewed that rock several times a day, reminding myself of my heartfelt intention!


The next year, my word was Trust.  Whew!  A tough word for me but one that has touched every single area of my life.  I am a control freak and it has been very hard to let go.  So hard that I kept this word two years in a row as I had quite a bit of work to do.  I still haven’t mastered the word Trust but I am way, way closer! 


The next year, my word was Nurture.  This was a broad word because I planned to use it in every aspect of my life.  When a bill came in, I paid it immediately in order to nurture the relationship between myself, money and maintenance.  When I felt the need to speak with one of my adult children, I used that opportunity to nurture them.  There was an intent there that perhaps was not there beforehand.  When I spoke to myself, I tried to remember to be kinder and nurture myself.  Finally, I began an exercise program that not only have I continued but it has made me far stronger than I have been in years. 


My word for last year was Pause.  Pausing was very hard for me.  I jumped into things, maybe too fast.  I was too busy.  In 2019, if my answer wasn’t a “Hell, yes!” then it was a “No”!  I paused as I was asked to make commitments and really listened to my heart.  Mid-year, Spirit gave me a word to add along with Pause.  It was Allow.  Seems I have a hard time allowing things to flow and play out.


I have learned to Pause.  I have learned to take time for myself and only commit to things that bring me joy; however, I still struggle with Allow.  As I was pondering what word I might take for 2020, Spirit suggested Grace.  When something bad happens, allow grace to fill it. When something good happens, allow grace to fill it. I was told, if I could learn to do that, Allow would no longer be a problem.  I cannot wait to see what learning grace will do for my life because I believe peace will flow along with it!


Maybe choosing a word for the year would be helpful for you.  I want you now to think of one word that will enable you to change the most in your life this year.  This is not a quick thing for most people.  Ponder this.  It took me a while to come up with my words.  Choose a word that is gentle but loving.  This is not a time to be negative, choose a word that speaks to your heart.  Think of a word that will help you to live outside your box and step forward.  As you think of this word, I would urge you to write it somewhere, perhaps on something like a rock or even on your mirror.  Anything that will constantly remind you. 


My first rock was a little white rock with a pencil word and it did the trick.  Since then, I've decided my rocks needed to be stronger and sturdier.  I keep these rocks and build my character upon them so I decided to honor the rock and make it more pleasing to myself BUT do what speaks to you.  I still keep my original rock to remind me of how far I've come.  It will always hold a special place in my heart.  Do what will help you to remember the intention.  The most important thing is to begin!  And so it is!


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