What a Difference a Word Makes!

The more and more each is impelled by that which is intuitive,or the relying upon the soul force within, the greater, the farther,the deeper, the broader, the more constructive may be the result.

~ Edgar Cayce


On New Year’s Eve, as part of my year­-ending, New Year-­beginning exercises, I chose my guiding word for 2015: “contentment”.

I didn’t have to think long and hard about my choice. It just appeared and felt right.

woman white scarf smallBut merely selecting the word didn’t feel sufficient.

I decided to delve further, to look into why this word seemed appropriate and, and what difference having contentment would make in my life.

First, I consulted Mr. Webster to see what he had to say about my word. He offered “the state of being contented; satisfaction; ease of mind.”

I dug further: “satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.”

Bingo! That’s the state of being I want this year!

I want to be at ease in all things, to feel satisfied and fulfilled. I want to feel content with who I am, what I have, and how I am being in the world. In other words, I want to embrace “enough”.

I can choose to want more, to be new and improved. But in fact I am enough just being the authentic me. I may want other things, but in reality I have enough of what I need.

So, what’s been the impact of this exercise?

My word choice has become my goal, my mantra and my guiding principle in everything I do.

I’ve chosen a word for the New Year before, but I’ve never delved into the why of my choice. I intend to continue exploring the deeper nuances of “contentment” throughout the year. I’m certain there’s more to learn.

I plan to revisit my word periodically to see how it is playing out in my life. And probably spend some time journaling on my discoveries. And the cool thing is that none of this feels onerous or like something I have to do (aka a resolution). It is my intention to be more content this year. And that choice feels more inviting and ripe for deeper self-­understanding.

And when I need to make a choice about something, I’ll ask myself the all­important question: “Will this make me more – or less – content?

Sounds like a pretty good yardstick, to me.

So, what’s your word (or words) for your New Year?


Your Call to Action

If you haven’t already done so, choose a word for 2015. (Maybe a phrase is more appropriate for you.) Start off by looking at the dictionary definition and various synonyms for your word/phrase. Then take some time to explore  this word/phrase is important to you. And finally write about how living this word/phrase will make a difference in your life.


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