Happy New Year, Gentle Readers!
I am joining with Juliann this year as she hosts us in our Word Study – and, I’d like to thank her for leading us in this journey!
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life. Eckhart Tolle
In 2016 I chose Gratitude as my word for the year and it was a very good choice and 2017 brought Joy. Both lovely words that I selected – with emphasis on the “I selected” part!! Last year I did not pick a word and…nothing inspired me…Why?? Perhaps, I did not inspire me!
So, I spent considerable time in December “trying on” a word for 2019 – words like “inspire” “kindness” “grace” and “dream.” And despite doing that – one word kept percolating to the top despite me trying to ignore it…Focus! Great word, I thought, but how will I use it? (See that “I” again?)
So I avoided….I kept thinking about words and looking at lists…but focus kept prodding me – asking me to consider, and yes – telling me to focus.
Merriam-Webster says focus can be used as a noun or a verb. It can mean “a center of activity, a point of concentration” or “to cause to be concentrated, to adjust the focus of your eye, to bring into focus.”
However, Eckhart Tolle’s quote was what pushed me over the edge – I am rarely “present in the Now” but instead focused on what comes next – the next project, the next book, the next…whatever!!
It seems I am deeply in need of a year of focus! Please join me in my journey this year as I focus more on the NOW and less on what’s next. Sometimes you choose the word, but occasionally – if you are lucky – the word chooses you.
What about you – did you pick a word this year?
Want to see other wordly inspriation? Head on over to Juliann’s!
Focus sounds perfect! I often think of it when I view your lovely photos, and your Year in Review post seemed full of focus. I’m looking forward to reading and seeing more of your journey this year as you stay focused!
Focus is a great word! I will be here to watch how you incorporate your word into your daily life. Happy New Year!
I think focus sounds ideal for you right now. It will be a fun year as we all explore our words together.
I like your choice a lot! It certainly would have worked for me, 😉
FOCUS . . . was my word in 2018, and I think it taught me more than any other word I’ve chosen (and I’ve been doing this since 2008!). In fact, I’m not ready to be finished with FOCUS quite yet, so my 2019 word will kind of be an extension of the whole FOCUS-concept. I think you’re going to have a really interesting experience this year, Kat. I look forward to following along. XO
Focus is a great word for 2019! During Advent, I gave a lot of thought to being more attentive to the present moment, and although paying attention is not one word, it is my intent to see where this takes me in 2019. I guess that paying attention is a lot like focus! Best wishes!
I like the word focus for the year. I think we can all work on being more focused on what we are doing and not trying to do too many things at once.I have made a list of resolutions for the year but have not picked a word, butm maybe if I did it would be something like bloom. Happy New Year Kat!
That is an excellent word choice! It can be applied so many ways, but I really like your decision to focus on the present. I think it’s a great reminder to slow down.
What a beautiful choice, Kat! – and a great quotation! It’s often the words that others use around a OLW that makes the choice for me, too! Best wishes for a wonderful 2019!
This last year my brain fog has been a deterrent to focus. I am hoping that as I practice REST, I will begin to find a new focus. Great word.
What a great word and a wonderful way to interpret it. I wish you lots of Focus in 2019!
I love your word and may it resonate with you throughout 2019! I can’t simmer down into one word – I have too many words swirling about 🙂
That’s a great word. I haven’t chosen one, but maybe I’ll get some inspiration.
Perfect! Send me some “focus” too, please! Thanks!