Like many of you, I choose a word of focus each year. Last year was art, the year before that was time, 2012 was give, etc. For 2015, my word is ‘write’. I didn’t even have to think twice about it. It’s my word.
This concept of choosing a word each year, at least among those in the artsy-craftsy world, was begun by Ali Edwards. It’s a great concept. Maybe a more realistic and gentler approach to the new years resolutions that sometimes feel more like a have-to than a get-to? That’s how it works for me anyway.
I used to write. I used to love to write. Why I let it fall away from my daily routine? I don’t even know. Life, I suppose. Gathering the eggs, washing the linens, sweeping the front porch, checking the email, chasing down the dust bunnies…
But I want to get back to it. Because…
I want to inspire others. Sometimes that happens when I write? Maybe?
I want to remember all these moments that are happening and then left in the wake of life. I am not young anymore. Big, big events are happening, all the time, around here.
I want to hear the scratch of pencil on paper.
I want those who come behind me to know what I prayed for (I write out my prayers sometimes).
I need a keeping place for these random, out-of-nowhere thoughts that pop in and out of my brain for a usually-short stay. Sometimes they’re really good thoughts. But of no use when they disappear never to return.
So, here’s to the written word!
Here’s to 2015!