Saturday, January 1, 2011
Happy New Year - and my "one little word" for 2011
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I was awake early this morning - 6am. Ideas and hopes for this year swirling around in my head. I have plans for this year that I will keep to myself until they are more fully formed, but there is something that I know for sure.....
I truly believe that this is the year I will emerge from the darkness of the chronic illness that has dominated my life for the last 4+ years. While I'm fully aware that I will not be magically "cured" from fibromyalgia, I KNOW that I now have the tools, knowledge, support and resources to minimise it's effect on my life. I am rebuilding wellness. I have already begun. And 2011 will see the results of that rebuilding process come to fruition. I know there may be obstacles and detours on the journey as I move towards health, but I will not let them divert me from my true path.
I have decided to chose "one little word" to focus on as I head into this year. I've done this in the past too. My word for 2010 was "focus" and for 2009 it was "nurture". Choosing a word for the year has served me well. I have been pondering my one little word for weeks and I have come to settle on the word "light". This is, coincidentally, also the word chosen by Ali Edwards, and it has really resonated with me at this time.
I contemplated words like "renew", "emerge", "restored" but I felt that they made me focus on the what I was leaving behind, rather than on the future.
For me "light" is mostly about the light I see at the end of the proverbial tunnel - something I intend to stay focussed on. It also means the following things to me......
LIGHT : the absence of darkness.
the opposite of heavy, weighed down, burdened
illuminated, glowing, shining, radiating
enlightened, educated, informed, aware
the light of the life energy,
the power of light imagery in meditation and prayer
I imagine that as I live with my word "light" in 2011, it will grow in meaning for me.