(credit to ali for the formatting idea...and I finally learned how to use background "paper" in photoshop - woo hoo!)
I love the idea of picking one word to be my focus for the year. The first year, it was journey and last year I picked grateful. I learned a lot from these two words and know I'm a better person for the habits they helped me create.
It took me a while to figure out what focus I wanted for 2009. A year that will be filled with travel (four trips already posted in my sidebar), seeing katie graduate from college, (hopefully!) seeing sara accepted into college, and winding down my 25+ year career. My goal for all of this is to actively participate...not to just let things happen or to be too tired to pay attention, to listen or to care.
Sara helped me narrow down the choices and we arrived at "act" and "experience". I looked them both up...and the definition for experience best summed up what I'm wanting for this year. I love that it's a noun and a verb. and I love the "direct participation".
This morning, I googled quotes on experience. Love these:
You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.
Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.
- Denis Waitley
Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
- ee cummings
Thinking now about where this word will take me. what I might do differently with this as my focus. ...more to come...