In early autumn, I asked into my heart, “What word might best support me in the next year?”
The question was a seed I cast forth with self-compassion, with the knowledge it would germinate in its own timing.
A few weeks later, I pondered other questions related to the first one.
How might I live life more fully? How did I wish to feel most of the time? I was aware of a strong desire to feel more alive. To reconnect to the passion of life. To serve a cause bigger than myself. There had been too much blah-low-grade-depression-ness. What could support me in making lasting changes?
At some later date, the word “zest” arose. Yes, I desired heaping helpings of Zest! Even so, it didn’t quite fit. An active word was what I needed. So, I played around with tacking an “ing” onto it. Zesting?
“Ooohh, I like it,” a delighted part of me exclaimed.
The sock puppets were quick to naysay, “It isn’t a proper word.” Hmmm. I chose to distract those sock puppets by inviting them to go off and do something they enjoy, such as napping or finger painting.
I told friends that I was sitting with the notion of Zesting until a strong inner Yes or No became clear.
By early December, Zesting was the definite choice. Actually, I feel now as if Zesting chose me!
Some of you may have joined in the recent #DecemberReflections challenge Susannah Conway hosted again on Instagram. I posted the following when the prompt “My Word for 2016” was offered on the last day of the month:
“Zesting. This self-styled word supports me as an energy and inspiration for moment-by-moment connecting with life’s passion. I felt an affinity with ‘zest’ – yet an active form is what I am embracing. Therefore . . . Zesting!”
From my Instagram gallery, these were the 9 most “liked” of my photos I posted in 2015. (With gratitude to the folks at #bestnine for this free service.)
How Do I Jump-Start the Zesting When I’m Low on Oomph?
Here are a few strategies I’ve been engaging recently.
- Photographing nature with my cell phone.
- On Instagram, connecting with kindred hearts via posting our photography, written reflections, and discussions.
- Exercising – a) regularly; and, b) even for a few minutes when I realize my motivation is dragging. (Over two months ago, I began a commitment to myself to take a minimum 10,000 steps daily. More than half the steps are on a rebounder. Now, often 12K+. Expect a post on this.)
- Writing. (I am willing to remember to do 10-minute writing exercises. See posts on this here and here.)
- Do . . . something!
- Year of Creative Habits. Thanks to the host of this, Crystal Moody, we can choose to express creativity in so many ways. This year, I made the intention to be involved at least a bare minimum of 15 minutes daily in tasks toward painting all indoor walls, ceilings, and woodwork of my father’s house. I plan to write a post about this, with photos, as the project evolves.
- Dance. Even by myself. Perhaps, especially by myself.
Do you have a guiding word for this year? You can choose one any time you wish.