If you've been following this site long enough, you know how one of my annual rituals is to set a word as my theme for the year. I'm not a religious person but I love how language and words can influence us deeply even when we're not always aware of how they do so. Meditating on a theme throughout the year keeps me on track. It's not exactly a prayer to some higher power as much as it is an anchor for me to stop me from drifting about or going off the deep end. Why "trust"? To me, trust is the bedrock of all relationships.
As regulars here will know, since 2015, I have used this day to highlight one woman who has been inspiring to me and others. Like many other women, I also had to get past my annoyance with the Hallmark-ey and consumerist mindsets that this day has generally proliferated. What I decided, though, is that women, overall, have had to struggle a lot to get here — from voting rights to patriarchal societal rules to sexism and misogyny, and a lot more. So if we take one day a year just to celebrate how far we have come and how much further we intend to go, that's definitely worthwhile. Beware of settling for the awful social media forwards/shares that celebrate women for doing so well per patriarchal norms and expectations. These faux feminism stances do a whole lot more to harm than bolster the position of women in our cultures.
"The beginning is the word and the end is silence; and, in between, are all the stories." ~ Kate Atkinson, Human Croquet. This quote, for me, sums up a human life. Each year begins with so many possible stories for each of us, some imagined and some unimagined. By the end of the year, what we have to show for it is a collection of all the stories we experienced/read/wrote/shared. Stories, after all, are what we are made of. When we reach that silent end, we leave, in our wake, our stories to be shared on — whether through our own writing or through the memories of others. So, for a few years now, as part of setting my usual personal goals, I have also set specific goals for reading and writing. And my 2018 word/theme for the year is "focus" [. . .] With that, I wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you positive beginnings, fresh experiences, and unimagined joys. And may many magical stories enrich your life and nourish your soul.