My "Theme Word" for 2014 Will Be. . .
I recently came across a post recommended by Amy Spencer (longtime readers might recall my interactions with her a few years ago) in an e-newsletter she sends out on occasion--but [updated 01/19/2014 with the correct link] here is the link on her website.
Where was I? Theme word for the new year.
In summary, Amy Spencer's idea is an alternative to setting a concrete resolution or goal for the new year: "Think about how you want to feel. . . as you walk through the world [and then] come up with a word or phrase that best describes that feeling." I happened to be talking with someone close to me a few days ago and he picked up on the word "confidence."
"That's it!" I said, most likely punctuating it with a hand gesture. "That is going to be my word for 2014; it's going to be the Year of Confidence. I'm going to make a fancy little banner with that word and decorate it, and hang it up over the mirror on my bureau!" I totally had forgotten I'd printed out Amy Spencer's idea a few days prior, but it certainly must have been lurking in the recesses of my brain and popped up during that conversation.
I do want to have confidence "oozing out of my pores" as Amy says--particularly when I'm meeting new people, or giving a presentation at work, or (please God) facing a great new job prospect. More than wanting it, I need it. Confidence has been something that I seem to hold only on a temporary basis, and most of the time not when I really need it. (Although I do think I managed to tap into some of it when I handled a situation at the public library shortly before Christmas. More about that to come.)
And confidence would be really helpful when I have to convince myself of things--especially when I have to convince myself that I am deserving of good things. That good things can and do happen to me.
Truly, I want to be confident of that.
So, is anybody else with me? Who else is picking a theme word for his or her 2014?