Working with a Word of the Year
The definition of Serendipity is:
The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way, as in ‘a fortunate stroke of serendipity’
I only discovered this week, that it originated in 1754: coined by Horace Walpole, suggested by The Three Princes of Serendip, the title of a fairy tale in which the heroes:
‘Were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of’.
For me this has been so true. This year has been exactly that. A year of happy accidents.
By the end of the year, Serendipity has seeped in to everything I have done. It is on the wall above my desk in huge gold letters, I have a mini version that travels everywhere with me. It is in my business branding, it’s in my every thought - I have journaled about it, gone back to it when I’ve been feeling low, and reminded myself of it on a daily basis for the last twelve months. This word will stick around I think. Its been about creation, trust and confidence. Its been about realising that there are external forces at work, and that the secret is to allow them to sweep you along, not fight against them. It’s taught me lessons. It’s opened my eyes to what is around me. It’s taught me more about myself as a human being.
So what if you’d like to try this practice for yourself next year? For 2018?
How do you go about coming up with your word?
Well - firstly - the more you can relax about finding your word, the easier it will come to you.
Mention it to yourself in a quiet moment.
‘I wonder. If I was to work with a word of the year next year, what would it be and why?’
Then give yourself a couple of days, and write down anything that comes to mind.
If you get really stuck, google: ‘motivational words,’ dust off the dictionary that’s sitting on the shelf and hasn’t been used since the introduction of the computer and peruse it over a nice cup of tea. I’ve even spent time flicking through Pinterest in previous years.
You might find yourself with a list at this point. In which case, some more time, just looking over the words and sitting with them usually helps.
Go with your gut instinct. Sometimes, a word jumps out and I think: ‘no, not that one’ but actually - ‘why not that one?’ That word has sprung to mind from somewhere. Why not use that one?
Trust in the process.
And then, because I’ve always done this, I head over to Colleen Attara’s studio.