"We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize." - Thich Nhat Hanh
It is always a challenge, choosing That One Word. You know, the word that I will look in to reflecting a lot for a full year. A focus word of sorts.
Since 2008, I have been doing this practice. At the end of the year, I spend some time reflecting and considering the year that has passed and the year that is to come. And, at the beginning of the year, I choose a word that I wish to embrace for a full year.
And this year, for me, is The Year of Possibility.
Frankly, I nearly chose three words for 2012. Partly because I read about someone else doing three focus words instead of one, and I thought that that might open up more options. And, partly because there was one other word that I also really fancied. And, it was the word Momentum. I love the science, art, and movement that seem to echo in that word. Plus, with everything that happened for me in 2011, I thought that perhaps I should keep the momentum going in my life based on that incredible year.
So yeah, it was hard to let the word Momentum go.
But, towards the end of last year, I saw this old TV-movie called "Confessions of an Ugly Step Sister", which is based on a novel of the same title. Although it is another re-telling of the Cinderella tale, this one has a fresh voice, having been told from the perspective of one of the step sisters.
Other than the fact that it was quite an interesting twist to the old tale, and that my muse-of-the-moment Matthew Goode starred in it, I was really taken with the film mostly because of one of the themes of the story. You see, there was a message there that the Master artist kept trying to bring up. And, it was the message of POSSIBILITY.
The film made me think that when we think it's impossible to change people's perspectives about ideas, or even change our own perspectives of ourselves, we need to reconsider and think about possibilities. We are far more capable and worthy of great things than we could ever care to consider. And, the thing is, it's only when we truly believe that that the possibilities can become real.
That message, for some reason, just lingered in me for weeks. That's why even though I was about to choose Momentum (which to me, represented a backwards-facing look at finding my path), I was reminded of the message of that film, I ended up choosing POSSIBILITY (which to me, represented a more forward-facing idea that will take me towards the future).
So yes, in 2012, I intend to dwell in possibility. Just like one of my favourite classical poets, Emily Dickinson. Although, as always, I never know where my Word of the Year will take me. I'll keep you posted with all the possibilities that will come my way.
I wish you a year of possibilities too.
"Our aspirations are our possibilities." - Samuel Johnson
And for the curious, these are my past Words of the Year:
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.