Resolutions are tricky. There are so many things I want to accomplish, and it’s so hard to narrow them down, and it’s so hard to finish anything. So I usually don’t make any.
For several years, I’ve been seeing people identify a “Word of the Year”–a word chosen to represent what they hope to do in the upcoming year. And I have not been able to get my head around it.
How do you pick one word? How do you know it’s the right one? What do you do with it? I don’t know.
And then, surprisingly, things started to click. We were taking dessert to a New Year’s Eve dinner, and I decided to buy a cake. Because New Year’s Eve! Cake! Definitely cake.
So I found my resolution: I’m going to eat more cake.
That’s metaphorical. I’m going to find more joy, do things that make me happy, look for the spark of positivity that is nearly always there.
And also it’s literal. Because cake.
So this morning, as I was listening to Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers talk about resolutions and words of the year on The Mom Hour, I realized that I have gotten my head around the idea, at least this time, and I know my 2019 Word of the Year.
Yes, there are things I have to do, no matter what. There are needs and jobs and responsibilities, and those must be met. But whenever I can, I’m going to look at what’s being requested of me, and I’m going to ask myself two questions:
- Is this cake?
- Does this lead to cake?
And if the answer to either is “Yes,” then I will give it my all, or as much of my all as I can.