I feel as though I’m a little behind the times or late to the game, only jumping on the “Word of the Year” resolution train in 2019 but better late than never. Reading about this and hearing how other folks have chosen their words I find myself realizing how much more sense this makes than choosing a specific resolution (or two) that are meant to change big things in your life with the ringing of the bell at the stroke of midnight.
Deciding to choose a word that will help guide your actions and goals for the year certainly can put a positive spin to things and help set you on the right track moving forward. Sadly though, hearing some organizations choose words of the year (think toxic and misinformation from a couple of dictionaries for 2018) you can get a bit depressed about the whole thing.
But never mind that, we’re going to see the positive in this so now we have to choose our word. How to go about it? There are a number of “word of the year selectors” and blog posts saying how this person or that came upon their word. Most advise choosing a few and narrowing it down to one from there.
I got started by making a word cloud of a few words I thought might be a good fit. Words like travel and fun, kindness, balance, and discovery. Thinking through each of these words and how they work into my life I decided that a balance of fun and discovery while traveling would be a good thing. Of course, kindness is a must to be included in my life, not just this year but every year. Word appeared in my cloud because now that I’m trying to decide on one it’s the single word that keeps popping into my brain.
Looking at my heart shaped cloud I noticed that balance was larger and near the center. That’s it! We need balance in everything in our lives. It is so important in our activities and for our health.
A balance of work and of taking the time to smell the roses (taking time to smell the roses is a fantastic idea for a New Year’s resolution I have to say and the one I had chosen before getting into this word of the year business).
A balance of taking care of the needs of our families with that of taking time to care for our relationship with our spouse.
A balance of fun and learning through discovery. Of travel and spending time closer to home. Of making sure to balance the needs of our students with their lessons with the need to spend time nurturing the children themselves.
A bit like the message from Ruth Hulbert Hamilton in her poem “Song for a Fifth Child”:
Mother, oh mother, come shake out your cloth!
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
Sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking!
Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby, loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren’t her eyes the most wonderful hue?
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.)
Oh, cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
But children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust, go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby. Babies don’t keep.
Yes, my word of the year for 2019 is “balance”. Keeping things balanced in our homeschool. Keeping things balanced when we travel, not overscheduling, making sure to keep time aside for breaks.
Have you chosen a word of the year? I’d love to hear from you about it.
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