All over the internet in the last 10 days, people have been talking about what their 'word' for 2012 is. Courage? Passion? Experiment? Embrace? Everybody seems to have come up with a word that embodies their theme for the year, something they can keep coming back to, that guides the way they approach their life in the coming months and helps them to achieve their goals.
Last year, mine was 'self care'. 2011 was my 'year of self care', and the fact that I made it through 2011, with all its traumas, in one piece, says a lot for how self caring I have learnt to be.
But I have been wrestling with what I wanted for 2012. Couldn't get my head around it. (Probably not helped by this going round and round in my head! You can imagine how distracting that would be. But I digress...)
Then, this afternoon my counsellor/guru told me a question her old training course leader used to ask:
What would you do if you really loved yourself?
None of the usual pfaffing about.
What do you need right now? A danish? Oh, yes, a great big danish pastry would be a really good idea, Rebecca, considering your IBS and wheat intolerance. Yep, that sound really self-caring, that does.
Just think about that question for a minute.
Genius, isn't it?
So I'm not going to have a word this year, but a question. A question I shall ask myself every morning when I get up. And I hope that it will change the way I live, and make my dreams come true. Or at least mean I take better care of myself and feel well a little more often.