So for 2017, I am bringing back my one little word of 2013 - JOY. 2013 started off pretty great and joyful and that carried through the summer and then things started to unravel. My dissertation stalled, we had a flood in our house, I developed a severe frozen shoulder and then the most heartbreaking part of the year was the tragic death of my mother in December. Joy was a feeling that had left me by the end of 2013.
It is time for me to again choose joy, a mantra that I embrace. There is so little in our world that we can control, except for our own personal choices. How we respond to and how we let situations and people affect us can be our choice. I am going to choose to see the good in the world. I am going to choose to find solutions instead of getting stuck on seeing things as problems. I am going to choose joy - joy in the big moments and even more importantly, joy in the little things.
Previous years' posts about my one little word can be found by clicking on the OLW category in the right side bar - I have been doing this since 2008!
Here is my series of one little words.
2008 - APPRECIATE
2009 - FOCUS
2010 - BE
2011 - PEACE
2012 - BALANCE
2013 - JOY
2014 - STRENGTH
2015 - FINISH
2016 - LIGHT
2017 - JOY
2016 was my year of light - and even when there was darkness, light shone through. I have seen this in the last week as well, amongst all the darkness in the world - there has been light, goodness and moments of joy. Love will win.
2016 and the demise of my PhD was a good reminder to me of who I am. The joy in that work had long gone for me and so in turn, I have embraced the words of Loris Malaguzzi..."nothing without joy". I have joyfully thrown myself into so many new projects and initiatives - ideas and innovations that inspire me and fill me up.
Making homemade pasta or a cake, going to dinner and a movie with my husband, a walk with a friend, sunsets, sleeping in, hanging out in the kitchen with my boys into the early morning hours - all simple joys, much appreciated in the moment and filling my heart. My awareness of joy has been reawakened. Let's go 2017.