Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Every year about this time, I focus on a word or phrase that is meaningful to me and use it to aim my attention (and intention!) in that direction for the new year. Sometimes I have to think on it for awhile till it comes to me and sometimes it just pops into my head. A couple years ago, that word was Luminaries.

Luminaries: People whose light and vision help to strengthen and improve the lives of those around them.

Within 24 hours of setting this as my word for the year, I had not one, but two affirmations of this word. It's kind of like how if you decide you like a certain thing and suddenly you start seeing it everywhere you go. When you choose a word or idea to focus on, you will begin to draw that concept into your life. It's inevitable.

The concept of luminaries was so big that it seems to have carried foreword, past the year I set the intention for-remember how just 6 1/2 months ago I was carrying a Paralympic torch? I was literally being a luminary. I believe I've mastered that concept. *grins*

Yesterday, I was working in my studio and I was thinking about what 2011's word was going to be. "Synergy" popped into my head. It had to have come from somewhere because that's not a word anyone uses every day.

Synergy: the working together of two things to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects.

Yup, that's my word and predictably, within hours, it was affirmed. Seth Apter posted about a collaborative project he'd just had published in Cloth, Paper, Scissors (Congrats Seth!) and as I was reading his post about the project, what word jumped out at me? Synergy! Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner!

So my intention for 2011 is to be open to opportunities where I can combine my energy with others to produce a greater effect, whether that's through art or altruism or whatever I can do to make use of the gifts I possess. I know that if I stay focused and keep my eyes open, synergy will show up all over the place.

So how about you? What's your word for 2011? Leave me a comment or a link to your post about your word for the New Year. I'd love to hear about it!


Carol Browne said...

I might as well be honest, although it feels a bit selfish, but I'd love to have more of this in 2011 -

Prosperity - the state of flourishing, thriving, success, or good fortune.

And I'll be happy to share my prosperity, that's for sure.

Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig said...

This is awesome...what a great word...and a great way to see opportunities in the coming year.

Hmm...I don't have a word. Nor had I thought to have one. I was focusing more on a list...goals...getting things done.

Hmmm, well how about that? Would you believe the word just came to me?

DO. That's my word for 2011. This next year I want to DO things...not just think about doing things.

...thanks for the nudge!

Seth said...

Both words - luminaries and synergy - are powerful. And the fact that neither is overused like so many words makes them even more so. So happy that I could be part of the synergy that will be all around you in 2011. It will be exciting to see how that unfolds.