Saturday, December 30, 2017

Three Words for 2018

Create. Enough. Finish.

Three words for 2018.

But people usually pick one word for the year, right? Yes, that is correct. And it has always been my habit to choose one word in the past. But not this time. I wanted one word. I really did. But there was a battle inside me between the words create and enough every time I tried to narrow it down to just one. Honestly, I didn't want either word. I wanted a calm word like rest or a nice word like delight. 

On Friday Jen Fulwiler announced that she had developed a Word of the Year generator. I was excited and convinced the generator would solve my problem for me. One press of the virtual button, a few seconds of anticipation, and my word read bold on my phone screen: FINISH. A groan and momentary thought of "seriously" flashed through my head. Finish? What?

As I sat at my kitchen table, phone still in my hand, my thoughts drifted back to create and enough. Much to my surprise, I no longer envisioned them fighting for the coveted place of Word of the Year. No, they were at peace together, bonded by the word finish. The three words formed a circle, where one finished the other began.

Still not convinced that I should focus on three words in 2018, I let my thoughts and my hands move on to more pressing matters, such as the dishes and getting the kids to bed. I awoke this morning searching for coffee and a solution to my word problem. Throughout my day I have tried to get rid of one or more words without success. The three words want to be together, and they want to be mine for all of 2018.
So be it. Challenge accepted.

To stay focused on the three words and because I like being thorough, I have come up with three guidelines for myself.

1. Finish one work in progress before starting a new project.
2. Create new projects from stash.
3. Do not add to the stash in 2018 because I have enough.

Now that I have a plan, I am excited to see how it unfolds. I love this time of year. Being able to review one year while anticipating a new one is thrilling. I enjoy looking back at the moments, both good and bad, and making notes about lessons learned. Promises of more experiences to savor and opportunities for growth abound in the new year.

Good-bye, 2017! You were more exceptional than I could have envisioned. Hello, 2018. We have much to accomplish.

For more posts like this one, you can read about my words for 2014 and 2015.
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