Often, the word I choose to live with for the year shows up . . . as a symbol. Actually, all of my words do that, at least a little bit. It's just that some words in some years suggest a symbol more than others. With some words it just seems more . . . pronounced.
With journey . . . it was maps.
With balance . . . it was seesaws.
With flow . . . it was a river.
And with root . . . it's been all about trees.
I mean, that's pretty on the nose . . . trees . . . so not really surprising. But it works. It's easy, too, because I can just look out my windows and see them there, day in and day out. Standing tall. Swaying in the wind. Getting leaves. Losing leaves. Putting on a show with spring blossoms and fall color. Hosting birds. Providing shade. Tree stuff.
All while imagining. . . their extensive root systems underground.
I can't see it.
(But I know it's there.)
Holding everything up.
So . . . trees . . . are a perfect reminder for me of all the things I've learned and considered and thought about this year. (It's so nice when it works out that way.)
The trees know
That you can be
Still and grow
--- Chris McGeown
How about you? If you chose a word for the year, does it show up as a symbol for you?
And . . . it's time to start thinking about new words for a new year! Carolyn has started a thoughtful conversation with a number of word-choosing veterans (including moi) over on her blog. If you want some inspiration when it comes to choosing your word, check it out!