Every year I pick a word for the year. Some years I see that word manifest in big ways, other years less so. Some years I drop my word completely because it no longer speaks to me or because I'm not in the head space to really commit to the reflections.
I'm ok with that, especially in the last few years that have just felt chaotic and fraught with upheaval and change.
I originally though I would choose a word like nurture again as it worked so well for me years ago. It was broad enough to encompass enough and yet focused enough to feel directive.
After a fair amount of thought though I have come to what I think I need most this year:
It's a word that speaks to me on so many levels right now. Healing a broken heart being the most obvious of course but in so many other ways too. I've spent midst of my life wearing my self-righteous anger and indignant feelings on my sleeve, hiding my heart away in safe places because of a fear of rejection. Suffice to say, I have had my reasons and emerging from the worst rejection yet, I refuse to let my life be defined by it.
I refuse to close my heart. I don't want to kick it away and carry my emotions hidden away, not trusting that they will be safe in other's keeping.
More importantly, I'm at my best and happiest when I live with my heart open. And everything in my life seems to be challenging me to do it more often and to remind me that things flow better when I do. From work to my marriage. From my second degree teachings to my role as a mother.
Of course, being the thinking witch that I am, I find it fitting that I'm contemplating how to bring about a new focus, birth of a new word, a new intention on the eve of Yule. That I'm thinking aboutt how I can wall this path, cycling through the sabbats with this word manifest in my life, willing it into being and nurturing it through the seasons. I'm thinking about how other bloggers, scrapbookers, etc, take up the challenge of their word through the year and rethinking it in light of my own particular path.
Dare I say it but I think I've figured out how I want to link the wheel of the year to my reflections on my word. Stay tuned if you're a fellow pagan wordie.