It is the early hours of 2014 and I sit contemplating the thread that is ready to be unraveled and woven into my own tapestry for the year. I choose a word each year, or really the word choses me. I find that the last week of the year in that sacred space between the rush of holidays and the newness of a new year, I focus my attention on cleaning up things in my heart and making space for something greater. I notice that I am often guided to a certain word. Over the years the words have been grace, strength, equanimity, opening, surrender, etc. Sometimes my logical mind wants the word to be something different, but it is my heart that I must listen to. And it never fails.
This year I am stuck within two words. I think I am going to stretch myself and allow two words to become my thread. Perhaps one thread is that of a plain and grounded nature (humble), and the other is more vibrant and even sparkly in nature (essence). I think that together, something magnificent can be woven.
Webster’s defines humble as:1. not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful. 2.having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience, etc. 3.low in rank, importance, status, quality, etc.; lowly
Hmmm….Not sure I really like those definitions, though it is my heart that is drawing me into the space of humility. The Urban dictionary explains more: A truly humble person isn’t concerned with who he is or who he should be. He isn’t concerned with himself at all, but instead he’s concerned with other people. Ahh yes, that feels better.
Webster’s defines essence as:1.the basic, real, and invariable nature of a thing or its significant individual feature 2. the inward nature, true substance, or constitution of anything, as opposed to what is accidental, phenomenal, illusory,etc
Essence feels flowy and free-spirited. I like the real, basic qualities of essence. I love the grounded stability feel of humbleness. To be humble is to be real.
Welcome, 2014. May this be a year of peace, love, and growth. And perhaps humility will become my essence.