A few months ago, I attended a day long retreat in an idyllic place nestled among woods and hills in the country with a small group of wonderful women.  One of the first things we did that day was to reach out hands into a bag and select a small silver stone.  Each of the small, shiny, smooth stones was imprinted with a different word on it.

When it was my turn to draw from the bag, I took a deep breath, closed my eyes, and randomly picked a stone.  When I opened my eyes and examined my stone, I saw that I had chosen the word elevate, or maybe, it had chosen me.  Although I did not know it at the time, I was in now in possession of my word for the new year.

A few weeks prior to the start of 2018, the word meaningful found its ways into my heart and mind, and it influenced my intentions for the new year.  I set out to create greater meaning in my career, my relationships, and my life in general.  While it was not a perfect year, it was a perfectly good and meaningful year.

As 2018 faded into 2019, I kept thinking about what my new word would be, and I kept drawing a blank.  I tried out a number of different words, but none of them measured up to meaningful and could stand on their own merit.  Then, I realized that the word, my word, was right in front of me the entire time.

As I contemplated what word to choose, I did consider elevate, but I felt like I needed to explore other options, just to make sure that this was the right word.  It was indeed.  In the end, I followed my heart, and it led me back to the word that sought me out last fall.  I embraced it fully this time.

Elevate is a fitting follow-up to meaningful actually.  The meaning that I added to my work, my relationships, and my overall life last year provided me with a solid foundation for the present and for the future.  Maintaining this meaningfulness and building upon it will be a lifelong work in progress, and I am ready to elevate every area of my life.

In order to elevate, I know that it will require daily, intentional thoughts and actions on my part, as it an ongoing process.  As I continue to devise and tweak my 2019 resolutions and goals, I am allowing elevate to guide me, inspire me, and motivate me.  I don’t know what this new year has in store for me, but I do know that I am not going into 2019 alone.  I have my word and am ready to elevate.  

That’s another story . . .



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