Monday, December 31, 2012

New year, new word

And so it begins.

Tomorrow is a new year, full of new possibilities and new opportunities. A time for starting over, for making new promises, for doing things better; for making changes.

For the past several years, I've been picking a word at the end of the previous year that resonates with me; a word that I hope to keep in my mind throughout the coming year.

It's a good intention, but I can't say that I've really succeeded all that well yet. I tend to lose my focus and fall away from my inspirational word as the days go on. I blush to say that I don't even remember  what last year's word was; I can't tell you if I managed to use it or not. I hope I did; I'm sure it was a good one.

But hope springs eternal, and perhaps I will do better with this year's word. As you can see, it's joy. It came to me suddenly; I hadn't even starting thinking about what my word would be when it arrived. I'm hoping that's a good portent. I would like to have more joy in my life; it's one of those resolutions that is hard to argue against.

Unlike resolving to lose weight and exercise, resolving to be joyful is, well, a joyous thing. I'm aware that I will, no doubt, find more joy in my life if I continue to be healthy, so eating right and exercising aren't going off the table. Neither is work or play; both of those bring joy into my life. I'd like to add more music; it's one of those things that both scares and delights me. I'd like to lose some of my fears and enjoy it more.

So that's about it for now; with luck, I will remember to add joy to my life this year.


NEDbeads said...

I know you will!!! And I wish you the very best in all of the things we talked about, too... and a year full of love.

Marcia DeCoster said...

Here's to letting go of fear and welcoming joy into your life! Good word!

Cath Thomas said...

I think that you have a lot of joy in you and that you distill it into the world already, but maybe you enjoy it differently then what's seen on tv. not everything joyful around you gives birth to big hurrays. I think that it finds its way to your heart anyway, it fills you. Your garden, your beadwork, your family, your songs and music... The bees the flowers the butterflies and the wind, the sun... you are a very joyful person. maybe a bit shy, but that is as good as saying it out loud all the time. Just be free. to keep it, share it or give it away. The latter being the stage where it simply overflows and can't be kept...

Marsha Wiest-Hines said...

Heres to a joyful new year for you!

Beyond Mirays said...

It helps to have something near by that you name Joy, so that it becomes part of your everyday conversation. My mother's name is Joy (passed now), and my grand-daughter's name is Joy (5 years old) and my sister's dog is named Joy (golden retriever).
I love the name and the word Joy. It isn't heavy, it isn't secretive and have a hidden meaning. It is exactly what it sounds like, a shout of exclamation. Your face has to make a smile to say it.
Find something named Joy and claim it, hug it, and it will become your Joy!