So over the past month, I've pondered my own mind and heart and history to see if I could find a common theme, a unifying concept I could apply over my whole life, that would provide that guiding light and fresh lens and bring me up... up to a place of new growth, and give me the strength, love and joy and freedom to make 2013 the best year yet for me and my family. And after so much thinking and talking it over (to death!) with Al and a few close friends, I think I've got it.
My word for 2013 is UNBOUND.
When I sat back and really looked at where I am emotionally right now, I figured out that as happy and peaceful as I already feel, I could take those feelings (and the beauty and freedom they bring to me in all of my roles and relationships) to a much higher level if I found a way to shake off the weight of the cold, hard emotional stones I tend to drag around with me. Looking back over my recent past, I'm able to see that these burdens and the extra energy I use holding onto and tending to them wearies and distracts me from full connection with the present joy and beauty and purpose of these precious days and the people in them.
This year, my focus will be on releasing my heart from old resentment and anger and pain, freeing my mind from caring so much about the actions and opinions of other people, loosening the bindings of stress and anxiety over Things That Must Be Done, unshackling myself from nagging guilt over situations I can't change, breaking away from fear of failure and rejection and just living the life before me, free to love and care for the people around me as a soaring, unbound me. It's a lofty goal, but so worthwhile.
What about you? Have you chosen a word for the year? Share it with me in the comments, and if you've written a post about your word, leave a link so I can come read what you're focused on this year.