Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My 2010 Word


My word for 2010 came to me about a month ago. It's funny how when you decide on the word, you actually see/hear it often. You "own" your word. You actually say to yourself, "Hey, that's my word" when you hear or see it.

My word is SERENITY.

se-REN-i-ty
1. The state or quality of being serene, unruffled, tranquil.
2. Clearness, brightness.

So, what is it about SERENITY that makes it my word, you ask. Okay, so maybe you didn't ask, but as long as you're still reading, I'm assuming you're a little curious.

In 2008, I was involved with a mindfulness program as part of my wellness journey after breast cancer.  One of the things we learned in the program was meditation.  Although it wasn't an easy thing to learn (and I certainly haven't mastered it), I persisted and learned that there is an amazingly tranquil feeling you get when you meditate.  You can feel so rested without having slept.  I crave that tranquility in my life right now. 

I want to handle things in my life without getting flustered.  I know I'm better at that than I was a few years ago, but I want more of that.  I want to walk through my somewhat organized home and feel the tranquility.  I want to feel the goodness all around me and I know when you come from serenity, it's much easier to do.  I want to find the serenity in photography.  I know I've made a start, but I want more of it.  I want to feel the strength you feel when you are tranquil.

I thought about whether I wanted to have the word PEACE for my 2010 word (which is what my blog buddy Leanne had as her word of the year in 2008).  But SERENITY speaks to me as "peace within" if that makes any sense.  And I firmly believe that when you work on the peace within, you actuate peace all around. 

I have two dear friends who are also posting their Word for the Year today.  Please visit Leanne's blog and Cindi's blog for their words and what their thoughts are behind their choice.  And as I mentioned in yesterday's post, the original idea came from Ali Edwards.  You can read about her words here

I challenge you to come up with your word for the new year.  Make it something that inspires you.  Make it something that nags you, nudges you, tickles you.  Make it something that fills you with passion.  Just know that something as simple as a single word can have a huge impact on your life. 

5 comments:

Laura said...

Great word! Great post!!

Leanne said...

I agree! I wish for major "peace within" for you in the New Year, PK!

Cindi said...

Wow, Peggy - you really inspire me! What an excellent choice!

Leslie Miller said...

Ah, serenity! I'd like that to be my word. Your post makes me think about a lot of things...examine how I've let serenity slip away from me. The funny thing is, I know exactly how to fix it. Yes, you've certainly made me think... Happy new year, Peggy. May you achieve that serenity in your life.

Jane Cato said...

I enjoyed your post. Thank you!

Although I love and have done Ali's one word exercise, I tend to gravitate toward my Five Words approach learned years ago during a yoga class. One word, five words, etc.... the "mantra" approach does the job!