I’m staring out my window taking in the snow-globe-soft snow that’s falling in the street light, thinking about what I’d like to share as this New Year begins.
And what I most want is to help you trigger some discoveries for yourself this year.
I’ve never been much on resolutions, but I do love open-ended intentions, or simply focusing on things that hold mysterious and positive questioning for me.
So here’s a little experiment I tried in my journal yesterday, and I thought I’d share it with you — if it feels good, see if it sparks anything for you as you move into 2014.
Look around the room you’re in right now, or out your window if you’re near one. Choose three objects that light you up, that resonate for you in some way. Not necessarily the objects that you “like” the most, or are the most beautiful, but the ones that speak to you or call to you or trigger something in you that feels good.
For each object, write down three adjectives that describe the object. (Hint: it helps if the adjectives work on two different levels — i.e., “solid” as opposed to “brown”.) Quick, off the top of your head — don’t think too hard about this! Do this for each object, one right after the other.
Look through your list of adjectives — you should have nine words total. Pick the three from this list that resonate for you the most. Again, don’t think too long about this — pick the ones that jump out at you, quick!
Take your list of three adjectives and look at it for a few moments. Now you can slow down a bit and get reflective. These words represent qualities that mean something to you, qualities you may want to bring into your life in 2014.
Take out a fresh piece of paper and write each of these words across the top of the page. Now, draw an arrow from each word down the page and come up with at least one way you’d like to bring each of these qualities into your life this year.
Let your intuitive self take over here — allow yourself to make unexpected connections.
For example, one of my objects was the ceramic deer pictured above. It sits on my desk beneath my computer screen. The words I got from it were wide-eyed, healed (it has a broken ear that I’ve glued back on) and plump.
I like all of those words, but “plump” jumped out at me as the important one, so it went on my final list.
My logical mind thought, plump? Really? But intuitively, I know that plump, for me, represents robustness, stability, exuberance. How can I bring more of this “plumpness” into my life this year?
The first thing that popped into my head was “play around with more physical exercise.” So I wrote that down. (Ah, a clue! Any new form of exercise I try out needs to feel like play. And isn’t it funny how the idea of bringing MORE “plumpness” into my life — not less — led to me to exercise?)
Actually, I love “wide-eyed”, too. I want to face this year with even more curiosity, beginner’s mind, and freshness. How can I bring this wide-eyed quality into my life this year? The first thing that comes to mind is “Slow down and listen even more closely when people share with you.” Yes. That feels right.
If you give this a try, I’d love to hear how it went for you, in the comments.
Wishing you a beautiful start to your 2014! Whether we connected here on my blog or we worked together or we’re only “meeting” now for the first time, I’m truly grateful you’re a part of my experience as the New Year begins.
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Happy New Year, Jill! What fun! Did this very quickly, have guests over and I don’t know why but I got on the computer. So, a quick look around in a very cluttered basement office brought me to a photo I took of a heron, a photo I took of my mother wearing a red beret and her signature smile, and a 1940s photo of my uncle in uniform. The nine words I got were light, flight, composition, happy, memories, smile, history, family, warmth in that order. I chose for my final three: light: capture the light!, flight: lighten the load, and memories: touch/deal with/share same. Keep inspiring!
Jane, how cool! I love your words (and the photos they were based on sound wonderful, too!). Your interpretations of them are great — very nice concepts to carry with you as the year moves forward. Thanks so much for sharing your process with me, and Happy New Year!
This sounds interesting, sure, I might well give it a go – will let you know if I do. I love your interpretation of the word plump:-) Have a fabulous 2014 Jill, and thanks for continuing to share your ideas and inspiration so generously! With gratitude and blessings, Harula xxxx
Harula, thank you as well for your words and inspiration! Do let me know how this goes for you if you try it. Wishing you a terrific 2014, too — I’m looking forward to more of your beautiful poetry and posts!
Hello dear Jill! Just to let you know, I had a go at an adapted version of this with a group…and it was brilliant! Perfect for this time of year:-) Thank you for inspiring!
You can see how I adapted it here:http://wordsthatserve.wordpress.com/your-turn/
Oh, how fun! I’m off to check it out!
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