I’ve had one word on my mind for the past few months as I’ve talked myself through some stressful situations. It only seemed fitting that I make it the focus for 2015. That word is “settle.”
Now, I don’t mean “settle” in the sense of accepting something lesser than what I want or hope for. And I don’t mean it to imply I’m working on a problem or resolution to something.
Most people who know me well would describe me as pretty…wound up. I have a lot of ideas, responsibilities, and ambitions, and I tend to run a little faster than I ought to.
Too often I find myself trying to rush through a task, eager to get on to the next. Even while I understand that there is truly nothing in my life that can be counted as an emergency. Still, I feel so anxious to keep going, going, going.
So for the past few months, I’ve engaged my mind in a mantra of “settle….settle…settle.” It’s actually a command used in training dogs to be calm and still. And yes, I understand it might seem strange to attach a dog’s command to my own state of mind. But I think the intent of the command in this context is closely linked to one of the word’s definitions – to “come to rest in a comfortable position.”
Why wouldn’t “relax” or “calm” or “be still” work just as well for my word or phrase of 2015? Because for me, when I think of “settle,” I picture being alert and involved – rather than carefree or unconcerned – and just navigating to a mental and physical space where I’m prepared to be doing whatever needs to be done for as long as it takes to do it well. Without freaking myself out.
I feel like the wisdom and ability to “settle” is coming easier as I get older and as my children become more independent. I hope as I meditate on my word for 2015 and make a commitment to settle my mind and body into each task at hand, I will become happier and more fulfilled.
Will you be focusing on a particular word for 2015? What did you choose, and why?