I've mention before that the word for this year cozied up and planted the seed in my mind a few months ago. I was reading a book at the time and I came upon the word "savor" in the text and lingered upon it a while instead of continuing forward. I felt a gravitational pull to it, an inner stirring, and took that as a sign. I can confidently say that this word chose me.
I can't think of a better word for me right now, as for a while now I've been feeling the need to slow. things. down. To hang on to a sentence a bit longer. To linger along the path. To continue to ponder the essence of things, work towards simplicity, and live with richness. To live the length, the width, and the depth of life. To take pleasure instead of rushing to the next big thing. Right now is the big thing. Savor to me, means to discover and delight in the layers of plenty in life.
I will savor the sounds.
I will savor the smells.
I will savor the sights.
I will savor the tastes (yes, nourishing food will still factor large in my life)
I will savor the textures.
I will savor the home that we have created and delight in opening it up and inviting of friends in to play, delight, and (hopefully) experience some savoring of their own.
I will fill my home with only items that I savor. My decluttering project will continue until I'm only left with my essentials. I don't want anything getting in my way of enjoying my space and the space I create for and with the three people of awesome I get the pleasure to live with.
I will savor the places we visit, relishing the place where we are right now in our family. We're at that juncture where our kids are portable and still enjoy our company and want to be with us. This only happened a couple of years ago. Now we can go places with them, be it near or far, and truly enjoy it instead of it feeling like a mad dash to find the sweet spot in between naps/feelings/meltdowns, or having them scream as soon as we step into a restaurant, or instantaneously vomit everywhere just because (ahhhh, the reflux years and also the sensory integration disorder years). Yes we've started deals with the tween phase with our oldest, so eye rolls are common, but this is so much less taxing physically than the earlier years. We also have a keen understanding that in 7 years our oldest will be moving on to her own journey and these next 7-10 years really need to be savored and appreciated, though there will be many ups and downs. We have our children in our immediate company for such a short amount of time. That, alone, is reason enough to choose savor this year (and maybe the next 10 too)!
I will savor and be grateful for all that I have (great family, friends, my health, to be able to do what I love, a safe home, a working car, and no car payment).
I will savor the seconds, minutes, and, hours in my day and will fill the time with activities that I enjoy. Over the past two years I have begun to define and refine how I want to spend my days. This has required me to say no to more things so that I can say yes to what makes my heart flutter. There are a few things on my list this year during which I'll have the chance to exercise my "no" muscle. It definitely takes exercise and repetition to be able to say it without guilt.
I will savor the amazing people in my life.
I really am enamored with the project. Each word that I've chosen has become incorporated into the fabric of my being so that I carry the threads of past words with me everyday. Today I add savor, and also still hold with me connect, explore, discover, nurture, balance, and nourish. They are my mantras and reminders of the life I want to live.
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