Getting Your Bearings

Lately, I seem to continually lose track of time. "Is this Thursday?" "No wait that was on Wednesday, or was it last Wednesday or Friday?"

Maybe you can relate.

Thinking about time, and being at the end of a calendar year, has also gotten me reflecting on where I've been and where I want to go.

This is the time of year you may start thinking about choosing a "word" for the next year. Maybe it's a little early, but the idea can simmer amongst those of us who like picking a word to focus on.

All this thinking (welcome to my mind :) brought up the bigger idea of "getting my bearings" - which originated as a saying connected to using a compass. It's re-orienting and getting centered, then carrying forward.

With another Covid variant, this can be especially relevant. How can you get your bearings and carry on? After a few years of a scary virus, political divisiveness, human conflict, and more challenges > what next?

As I began to ponder what word I wanted to declare as my vision for 2022, the word immediately came to me. That was nice. I didn't have to search or reflect or meditate on my 2022 Word. It just jumped forward, out of the line of possibilities to say, "Me, Me... Pick Me!" I'll share it with you later... so keep reading!

As I reflected on my 2022 word, I began to wonder what my 2021 word was. I couldn't remember. What was the point of having a word when you couldn't even recall it by the end of the year? So I went to my childhood nightstand, where I keep all my journals from the past few years, and looked for the one that started January 1, 2021.

Oh yes. The beginning of the year. Lovely visions, hope, nice hand-writing! I sat and read the beginning of my journal - the opening pages of my desires even before I wrote one journal entry. I was shocked. I'm not sure I embodied my 2021 word of the year, but the visions I had listed for myself had all come true!