Have you ever gotten a word for the year?
My mother used to do this, and now my sister and I do, too. The words can go by different names, but it’s all essentially the same: a focus, and an intent, that speaks to you for the year.
Some years I don’t have one; other years it has surprised me. Especially as my music career has developed, the words that have shown up have been applicable in so many different regards. I’ve had words such as rebirth, ordinariness, and now, this year, it’s breakthrough.
Just for fun, as each year begins anew, I like to do a tarot reading with the Osho deck. This year, I sat with the deck and focused on my year and what it might mean while I shuffled. I asked for one card, and the one I got said ‘breakthrough’.
The past few months, I have been breaking things and spilling things right and left. Guitar strings break, I spill water and drinks constantly (that’s especially fun in the middle of the night on my nightstand or with coffee going down the stairs); I even broke a plate this morning. I think that life gives us signs pointing us in the direction we need, and in my case, I am shattering the old and moving on to the new. Not necessarily broken– but rather, coming into the new. Breakthrough feels right. I have been needing to breakthrough to a new way of being, I know: one that is less about the past and future, and more about the present.
Musically speaking, I have slacked off a bit in the guitar department, and one of my goals for the year has been to re-ignite that fire. I can already feel it happening. After only three lessons with my new teacher (who kicks ass), I can feel the breakthrough imminent. I’ve made incredible strides already.
My sister-in-law, Leslie, has a great website, book, and podcast. She calls this word of the year a “watchword,” and I love that term. Find her article here, and I can’t wait to hear what your word is!