I thought of last year’s word, Release, fairly quickly. This year, my word didn’t jump out at me, so I took my time to sift around in words; there were several that felt like contenders for 2009 and some that sounded good at first but then created discord within me after I sat with them for a while.I knew that my word would have to be a companion to Release, my word for 2008, because I wasn’t finished releasing.
I thought about words like Create and Expand and Focus and Joy and Flow. I thought a lot about the word Allow. Allow seemed like it would probably be my word. After all, Release had been so much about letting go of blocks, Allow would be the next step.
When Jena asks me to consider what I’m making room for when I get rid of my blocks, I find that my lists are long – there are so many things that I welcome into my life now, so many experiences to allow, and by opening to this flow, I will allow myself to be myself and allow others to be themselves. I will allow my work to move forward, my personal life to move forward, and no longer push against anything.
So, I pretty much decided on Allow and sat down to write about it. That’s when another word popped out on to the page and I felt a little zing – like an electrical current. This other word showed itself and I held it for a moment and felt completely energized. I decided to go with it because of its moxy, its zippiness, its insistence upon itself despite the fact that it made me feel a little lightheaded and silly (maybe because it made me feel light-headed and silly.).
My word for 2009 is Shine.
Shine vibrates on the level of exuberance and happiness. How can you not smile when you hear the word Shine? For me, Shine incorporates all of the above because to shine is to allow and it is the result of the allowing. Shine means I live my best, offer my best, honor myself, honor the world. Shine means I live with focus, speak my truth, move with positivity, assuming all is well. Shine means stepping into the light, no more second-guessing, no more worry.
This is going to be a great year, a big year. Shine starts now.