As I look back over The Year That Just Was (2013), I think it might be best to start with my one little word for the year . . .
I very much like the concept of One Little Word -- having one word serve as a focus point through the year -- although I'm not so big on the "project" part of the whole thing.*
In 2013, I had a great experience with SURPRISE.
What was most . . . surprising . . . to me was the realization that a SURPRISE can't be planned! You simply can't intend to be surprised. You can't decide to surprise yourself. You can't expect a surprise.**
Because then . . . it wouldn't be a SURPRISE!
I know this sounds kind of stupid and lame. But this reality - that you can't expect a surprise - was eye-opening to me. I came to understand that a SURPRISE can only be recognized as a SURPRISE . . . after the fact!
I realized that SURPRISES are . . .
Spur of the moment.
When it comes to a SURPRISE . . . it's simply something you didn't seem coming! You can't wake up and say, "I'm going to surprise myself today." It just doesn't work that way.
You can tell yourself that you'll be . . .
OPEN to surprise in your life.
ALERT to surprises that happen all around you.
AWARE at how many things surprise us every day.
I learned that SURPRISE . . . is simply a matter of opening up your eyes and welcoming the unexpected in life!
Life is full of surprises.
My biggest SURPRISES of 2013:
The power of sound.
Taking on a new job (with a lickety-split Switch-o-Change-o surprise element that nearly swept me over Another Edge) (And still might.).
Jo-Jo. (Talk about spur-of-the-moment.)
Running. (Still not quite sure where that one came from. Complete sneak attack.)
And . . . a hot air balloon landing in the front yard!
* I am simply NOT a scrapbook kind of person, and I just never will be. I accept that about myself. When it comes to One Little Word, I don't really follow along with the "projects." I just check in each month as a reminder to consider new elements of my word. I don't create a whole "book." (Although I usually start out thinking I might. I never really do, though.)
** This did make following along with the formal One Little Word prompts particularly troublesome, because most of the prompts have to do with intentions and plans for your word -- exercises to make the word "present" in your life. Can't happen when your word is surprise!