Saturday, December 29, 2012

Contentment: Word of the Year



Do you make New Year's resolutions? I don't. I hate failing. I don't like leaving projects undone. So NO. No resolutions for me. I did start a new tradition though, and this is the fourth time I'm going for it. Have you heard of “the word for the year”? I found it through a blog called, “Mama Manifesto”. How I ended up there...I don't remember. You know how it goes, you use a link, find another one, jump from blog to blog checking out bloggers who leave interesting comments, and then all of a sudden you can't see the shore and you forgot your breadcrumbs...

The main idea of the word for the year is that it's a guiding principle or a an idea to focus on as you consider all aspects of your life. I wrote about the first word I chose, for 2010, in the post “A Word to Savor for a Year”. I have several examples there of what I really am trying to say if I'm not making total sense today.


For 2011 I picked “health”. I had whooping cough, and it was taking me such a long time to recover. I ended up with severe asthma. I was on bed rest for many long weeks. I decided that I needed to focus on health, not just healthy body and diet, but healthy thoughts. For example, I'm not worthless just because I can't carry laundry right now. I CAN sit on my bed and fold it. I'm not worthless because Jake thinks my lesson plans for home school are boring. I'm actually attempting to home school – something I swore (which I learned one should not do...) and that's quite brave. Especially while sick. It's healthy to be brave. Are you catching on to how the word guides your thoughts and decisions?

Fast-forward to 2012. I picked “health” again, because, well, I was in the hospital. And to be honest, I hadn't done that great of a job having a healthy attitude about my limitations in 2011. Call it taking the class again...

Now it's time to pick a new word, and I've had a hard time deciding. It's time to go in a new direction, though. I've been focusing on myself, how I feel, how I feel about how I feel. I've frankly been whining and complaining. Wallowing. Whining about wallowing. Seemingly FOREVER. Time for a focus change. The word prednisone will no longer appear in any of my posts.

My word for 2013 is CONTENTMENT. Wherever I am, whether it's stuck in bed again, (please dear God, no...) I need to think content. This is a soft pillow, so cozy. I'm not stuck in carline. No one is vomiting on me.

I've gained weight from nasty meds combined with being sedentary. Hmmm...I guess that's one I'll have to work on some more to be completely content about, but here's one content thought: lots of people pitched in and brought us wonderful meals.

After all, this is a focus for a year, and it's OK if I don't do this right all the time. It's not a resolution. It's an idea, not a gym membership or a vow of 1000 words a day. It's a way of thinking. It's trying to find the positive in whatever situation I may find myself in, and I certainly have no idea where I'll find myself in 2013. I mean – wasn't the world supposed to end last week? I'm content it didn't.

 
The Lettered Cottage

14 comments:

Tina said...

Having some re-entry difficulties as I've rejoined the dark side, left my 8 year old mac behind and flying and new, wonderful surprise from The Engineer...sorry about the formatting...
Tina

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Formatting looks fine to me.
I like the idea of a word. Something to guide us in all of our decisions.
May you find your contentment this year, Tina. Well, technically NEXT year. We still have a couple days.
What word would I select? I was thinking about that while reading your post. I've some big events next year and some decisions to make. Think I'll go with what came to me first - give.

Brian Miller said...

contentment makes for a fine word for the year, be like a river, roll the rocks and catch a little moonlight to reflect back---its refreshing for all that come to your shores...and heres to hoping that health is fine this year as well...

Jo said...

Your discussion of contentment reminds me of the eastern philosophy of living in the moment - when you are washing dishes, wash dishes - be contented with what you are doing at the moment. Something I have tried but not been able to achieve yet. Maybe I will have another go this year following your inspiration.

As for you Alex, what else do you do but give?

JoJo said...

I think contentment comes from gratitude. :) And trying not to overthink things which is really hard for me.

D.G. Hudson said...

Good luck with the 'contentment' theme, Tina. I'm hoping for better things next year, too. (daughter's health, a few projects, etc.)

Tammy Theriault said...

i agree totally! for me, never a resolution just because it's the beginning of the year. let's cheers to that, baby!!

Ghadeer said...

I hope you have a content year :)

shelly said...

I don't really do resolutions. Instead, I speak my intentions out everyday like a prayer.

Happy New Year!

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

mare ball said...

You did have such a rough year w/ health issues! I pray you have a better year in 2013. I wrote a post comparing last year's resolutions to now...I have not make much progress!
http://adventuresintheballpark.blogspot.com/2012/12/twelve-days-of-goodies.html

Jo said...

OK I have chosen mindfulness. Thanks for the idea.

Donna Hole said...

What a great idea for the year Tina. I've been quite the whiner myself last year. But not this year. This year I've resolved to just getting the writing done.

And your word of the year idea is so inspiring I chose "accomplishment" and put it in my sidebar to remind myself when I lose my own brevity of what I'd like to focus on this year.

An attitude, not necessarily a deed.

Thank you. I hope this year treats you better health wise.

.......dhole

House Revivals said...

Formatting looked great! You are way ahead of me with a word of the year. Part of me wants to steal yours....

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tina .. whooping cough is very horrid - I do hope you can regain your strength and health as far as possible ... so contentment in 2013 can be experienced during most of the months ahead ...

Remembering that one word is a great thought ...

With many thoughts for 2013 - cheers Hilary