Rather than resolutions or goals, I choose a word of the year. Having done this for several years, this word becomes a theme, a mantra of sorts to reflect upon during the year. It often helps quiet my busy brain and to focus better.
My word for 2020 is NOURISH.
The dictionary definition: nourish—to support, sustain, cherish and strengthen
When I think about “nourish”, it is the supportive ways I treat myself, family and friends and my local community. Strengthening my spirit, my intellectual curiosity, and my body are part of this too.
Nourish is how I treat my physical self–how I eat, drink and take care of myself. I can do a better job of that this year. It is also how I talk to myself–affirming and caring, or self-critical. Once again, I highly recommend James Clear, in Atomic Habits. He writes about how small daily incremental steps are essential to build long-term success.
To nourish my spirit, I will continue (and maybe expand) my regular 10-minute mindfulness meditation practice. I’ve been doing meditation almost daily for over a year and can attest to the positive effects.
Strong, healthy relationships require nourishment. Spending quality together in conversation and enjoying shared experiences to strengthen important relationships Kind, thoughtful words and actions face-to-face frequently help sustain and deepen relationships. Relationships require nourishment or they will flounder and drift apart. More about this one in a future blog as I explore new friendships and rebuilding our personal community.
There is so much we can do, both on a community, local and a global scale to nourish the world. I plan to explore this one later too.
Kindness is a great first simple step. We can all be kinder to others in our words. The world needs it desperately now more than ever.
I’ll keep you posted on my word and share how I’m doing and what impact it’s having on my life.
What’s your word for 2020? Please share it. I’d love to hear what it is.
Happy New Year!