if you frequent creative blogs and instagram, you will know that at the beginning of the calendar year, there is often a flurry of words…people picking a word on which to focus for the upcoming year. it’s a setting of intentions, similar but quite different from traditional resolutions. and though i didn’t share here initially, i did pick a word for 2013. i’ve done this for the past few years and it’s become a rather lovely practice. the actual process of
finding a word allowing a word into your heart and then checking in with that word throughout the year is, well…it’s lovely.
as defined by merriam-webster, genuine is an adjective meaning sincere, honestly felt or experienced; having the reputed or apparent qualities or character; actually produced by or proceeding from the alleged source or author; free from hypocrisy or pretense.
as lived by me, genuine means that i show up. i am present for my children and husband, for extended family and friends because i love them all. it means i get myself outside because nature calls me, fills me. it means i nourish my body with healthy foods and exercise and yoga and meditation because these bring me strength and awareness. it means i make room in my life for creative endeavors because art feeds my soul and, like a domino effect, taps into every single facet of my life.
and so i must show up. in showing up, i am the genuine woman i want to be. i am mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, creative.
my word…genuine…has really become a celebration for me over the last eight months. i hold the word tenderly in my heart, check in with it now and then, journal about it…mostly i allow it to just be. but the being is assuredly tied to my willingness to show up and do the work. to wash the clothes, to tend my children, to talk to parents on the phone, to pick up pen, to pick up camera. and, at the end of the day, to maintain an open heart.
this is genuine as lived by me.
and i wonder what you think of all this. does the word genuine strike a chord for you? is there a word with which you’re working? i’d love to hear about it…
sending a little love your way, m