As we were up in the gorgeous local mountains for five days, we had a lot of deep and meaningful conversations. One of those included my friend mentioning that she was going to decide on her word of the year while we were up there. That idea instantly intrigued me.
The word of the year. How does someone go about deciding such a thing? There are obviously so many possibilities -- words with power, emotion, consequences. That whole "Be careful what you wish for" sort of thing was definitely in the forefront of my mind as I was considering what I wanted to call into my 2020.
We wrote down lots of options, looked up definitions, and sat with each possibility. Until finally my word found me.
- (of a person) devoted to a task or purpose; having single-minded loyalty or integrity.
- (of a thing) exclusively allocated to or intended for a particular service or purpose.
I am dedicated to my work -- my studio, my teaching, my students, my vision of a nonprofit, my upcoming projects.
I am dedicated to my family -- my children and grandchild, my boyfriend, my parents, my sister, and her family.
I am dedicated to my friends -- the ones who are more like siblings, the ones who know my skeletons and love me anyways.
Try this out for yourself. Sit for a few minutes, quiet your mind, and let your word find you.