I’ve still been enjoying Gretchen Rubin’s new podcast, Happier With Gretchen Rubin. Last week on the podcast, they (she and her sister, Elizabeth Craft) talked about choosing a theme word for the year.
I love this idea. Gretchen and Elizabeth each chose a theme word for their year, using the beginning of the school year as a fresh start and a chance to re-center and set goals. Elizabeth chose novel – her goal is to finish her novel – and Gretchen chose vision, because she wants to develop a vision for her next project. I instantly started thinking about what word I wanted to choose.
However, I don’t think my word is for the year; I think that my word is for the day. I’ve been struggling a lot with the adoption wait, and I need a word to help me to re-focus and to center myself. I need a word to help me to focus on the good in my life. I need a word to help me appreciate everything around me, rather than living in anticipation of the moment to come.
Today, my word of the day is happy. I spend so much time feeling sad, anxious, anticipatory, disappointed, worried. I don’t like those words; there’s so much I have in my life to feel happy about, and I choose happy.