Picking a Theme for Your Farm-Fresh Year
Do you ever pick a theme for your entire New Year?
If the idea of goal setting makes you squirm…consider picking a theme instead.
A theme can be less daunting than picking a bunch of goals or writing out a page of to-dos.
It is like a GPS guide post without laying out the whole map on how to get there.
It is just your beacon to help keep you on track.
Although I have previously set themes for seasons within my years, I have never set an over all theme for the entire year.
In fact, I would say most of the time the universe does the picking for me. I just sort of let the year unfold a universal theme without any input on my part.
Last year ended up like that. And it was terrible!
In fact, 2015 sucked for me on many levels.
I had a family medical emergency that started in May, many months of living away from my children to care for my father and then the year ended with the loss of my beloved father in October.
So, I could easily look back and say the theme for 2015 was to “beat Theresa down to her knees“.
But I am trying to have a different outlook on my rotten year.
I want to use what I learned about myself in this past year to look forward with new eyes in 2016
And one of the ways to do that is to pick a theme before it picks you.
Picking a Theme:
Pick a short phrase (1-3 words) that will encompass what you want 2016 to be for you. The theme can take several forms.
It can be:
- Just one special word
- Several words that each focus on different parts of your life: health, family, business
- Or a short phrase
Here’s what I mean….
I first decided to look back on 2015 and pick a better theme for that past year I had just lived through. What did I learn about myself?
I have decided that the theme of my past year was: Resiliency.
It was the theme the universe had picked for me.
And if I had the brain power while in the middle of my family’s crisis to even think…I probably would have picked that word as my theme myself.
Because I believe that if I had that word (or theme) written on my computer, on post-it notes or even just out where I could see it while I was trudging through my dreary days of 2015…it would have helped me.
Heck, it helps me now as I come to grips with what I went through.
The word resiliency is hopeful, positive and builds me up rather than pulls me down.
It it sounds better than having a theme of “life sucks” – Ha!
So I have also decided to pick a theme for the entire year of 2016.
What’s My Theme for 2016?
My theme is Restoration.
I have come to realize that I have a lot to restore after such a tough year in 2015.
I am focusing on restoring my:
- Health after months of incredibly high stress, eating food from hospital vending machines and lack of sleep.
- Life, business and garden after putting so much on the back burner.
- Family’s heirloom orchard in Northern California. After spending 4 beautiful days there pruning fruit trees (and thinking about themes), I realized that the orchard project keeps me grounded. Working there is always incredibly therapeutic.
So I Challenge You:
What is your theme for 2016?
What do you want to work on, be a part of, or build this year?
Pick something…a word or a short phrase…that has meaning for you.
Right it down. Post it on your computer or on your bathroom mirror.
And tell me what it is in the comments.
I would love to hear…
Note: Take a closer look at that photo in the middle of this post – the one that says “Resilience”.
See the tree in the background? It is the tree we fondly call the “Harry Potter” tree. That poor tree has been through a lot and just keeps on coming back.
For the past 3 years, I have nurtured a little whip of a branch that wanted to grow up through the center of the hollowed out trunk. On my recent trip to prune trees, this little whip is transforming “Harry Potter” into a very beautiful and productive tree.
Now, THAT is resilience.
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