“To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.”
We’re all familiar with the concept by now. One word for a year, a theme, an intention, instead of a long list of resolutions. I don’t even know who coined it at this point, so many people are doing it and promoting their special take on the idea. You can join internet communities, buy books, you name it. One Word seems to have officially taken flight.
I like the idea of a word for a year instead of a list of obligations. I liked it when I first found it a few years ago and I still like, no, LOVE it. It still works for me, resonating on a deep soul level, and obviously it’s working for a whole lot of other folks too. Which is great, because it seems to be here to stay! Well bring it on, I say! Bring on your websites, your books, all the art journaling and ways you can work with this idea! If it makes you happier, more aware, gives you focus, brings you joy… bring it ON. Anything that includes more joy, awareness and happiness is, in my book, a really super good thing that you might want to consider doing more of.
You know what else I like about it? It has a little wriggle room. For me, one word might not be enough. I might not be tomorrow who I am today. I like that I can change my mind, change my word, change it up. I need one thing right now. I might need or want another thing in October. Two years ago I had two One Words because they both seemed important. I had two rings, each stamped with one of the words and I just switched back and forth, depending on what I needed that day.
There are a lot of ways to play with this.
I know I’d mentioned in a post earlier this week that my One Word for 2013 is “Play.” Because holy cow do I need to play more! I need to go outside, dance, sing, laugh, go camping, paint, journal, write, get into tickle fights, and stop being such a serious sourpuss who is worried about bookkeeping and tax filing all the time.
But it’s funny, because part of making that work for me is actually learning to work smarter, more efficiently, and better, so that I can free up the time to play. I have to learn to work smarter so I can play better. That revelation means that it’s going to be an interesting year! I have a lot of shifts to make in that direction and they’re all a little against the grain. I’m a very disorganized person as a rule, and oooh do I abhor deadlines! I have to learn to take flying by the seat of my pants and turn it into a sustained journey that gives me lots of room for joy and adventure.
This means I probably have to clean and reorganize my studio and office. Among other things.
Captain Sexypants is secretly overjoyed at this. He’s been hinting at this necessity for, um, two years now?
We have resolved to do this and PLAY while we’re doing it. It should be fun. There will be pictures.
At any rate. We’ve got some nifty One Word things up in the Etsy shop now. Silk wrap bracelets. Fine silver pendants. Copper and turquoise mixed metal earrings. A range of goodies and price points for you to choose from.
And don’t worry if you need one or two words. It’s okay. Make it yours, and do what works for you. You don’t actually have to pick just One.
Leave me your One Word for 2013 in comments below, and one lucky reader will get a free One Word pendant or a silk wrap bracelet or pair of earrings! Your choice! We draw the winner on January 30.