There’s this thing in scrapbooking – a project, I guess you’d call it – called One Little Word. The idea is to pick a single word which will be the focus of your energy in the next year. There’s a whole online course associated with it to guide you in implementing your word and, as it is a scrapbooking thing, in creating an album to record your implementation journey. But, really, it’s about living out your word, not just being introspective and putting together the album.
This year, I chose the word Connect. I took a few days and worked to respond to the prompts for the month, which are much the same as in the two previous years I participated (2013 and 2016).
Why I Chose It: I chose it because 2016 was a year spent trying to learn how to enjoy my life and everything in it after being diagnosed with depression. This year, I need to stop being so inward-looking and pay attention to the world around me. Connect (or, what will be more likely, reconnect) with what I found I enjoy and makes life worth living last year.
“Before you can ever inspire, motivate, or influence, you must connect.” – Greg Smith
“Creativity is just connecting things.” – Steve Jobs
“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among these fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes and they come back to us as effects.” – Hermon Melville
Invitation: I want to connect to the people, causes, and activities I enjoy more fully.
Let Go: I want to let go of connecting to things instead of people. Let go of taking these personally when I’m not connected to something.
Currently: I am connected with Matt, Lizzie, and some parts of our extended family, plus a few friends.
More and Less: More texts and phone calls. Less just liking things on Facebook. More exploring my faith. Less hiding from others in plain site (by being in my own little world).
Fear: I am afraid something I think is an important connection to make/keep will turn out to be not important. I am also afraid I will try to connect with someone who doesn’t want to connect with me.
Excitement: I am excited to make connections with new people and things that I like to do. I am excited to get out of my own head.
Intentions – Physical: Learn the connections between how I feel physically and what I eat, drink, and do. Learn to connect my energy level with what I’m doing.
Intentions – Spiritual: Connect to other people of faith and to God through reading, prayer, and conversations.
Intentions – Emotional: Realize how what I do impacts others, especially negatively. Try not to connect what others do to me immediately – work to become less easily insulted/offended.
Intentions – Relationships: Connect with family members not as close to. Keep an eye on how close I am feeling to Matt and Lizzie, to make sure those connections stay strong.
Intentions – Creative: Find out how I connect happiness with a given type of activity. Be willing to not do something if it doesn’t satisfy me creatively.