I spent the end of 2012 wrestling with the idea of committing to another One Word Resolution. For the past two years I have chosen one word as my intention for the year - Move and Celebrate. The hardest part about these resolutions (for me, anyhow) is the lack of accountability and measurability that I feel. When your resolution is to lose 10 pounds or to quit smoking, it’s easy to know whether you have succeeded or failed. And yet, I have decided once again to commit a year of my life to one word- Joy.
In 2013 I am committing myself to a life filled with Joy. Like Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I am not choosing this path because my life is devoid of happiness or joy; rather, I am choosing it because I know that it could be greater. A part of my journey this year is going to be learning the difference between happiness, gratitude, optimism, and joy.
To be completely honest, I am not entirely sure I can explain why I chose this word. Cliche as it sounds, I felt chosen by this word. Maybe it was the Joy to the World message flooding December, but it seemed that this word tapped me on the shoulder at every turn. So, in what feels like an act of bravery, I am going to let this word choose me and see where it leads this year.
Does this bring me joy?
Whenever possible I will ask myself Does this bring me joy? Doing laundry and shopping for groceries do not innately bring me joy, but perhaps I can find some joy in the mundane, but necessary tasks. In things which are optional though– it’s a chance to stop and reconsider if there is something else I ought to be doing, thinking, reading, buying instead.
Find what brings me joy and do more of it.
Reading. Family. Writing. Learning. Yoga. Dancing. Creating. Serving. Cooking. Eating. Music. Listening.
I love this quote: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris. I think the same could be said for the kind of life we create for ourselves too. Sure, there are going to be people and experiences in our lives that we cannot control – but to the best of my ability, I resolve to be more discerning with the things I invite into my life.
Stop eating and drinking things that don’t make me feel good, taste bad, or nourish me; Spend less time documenting life from behind a lens and more time enJOYing it; Spend more time and less money; Read more books, less webpages.
As I begin this journey, I would love your advice: How have you cultivated more joy in your life? Created it for others?