Imagine. Just one word on how you want to live and experience the year.
Do not be fooled by its simplicity. In its simplicity, therein lies the power – the power of clarity.
So, I thought this is an interesting experiment – choosing one word to represent the year. Over Roti Canai and Teh Tarik with my family, we brainstormed what would our word be and what it would mean to each and everyone of us.
Mine was Discover. My husband’s was Support. Our kids chose their own word that resonated with them. Our family came up with our theme for the year – Together.
Fast-forward a year and it’s January 2018. Little did I realize the power of clarity and intention. My year of Discovery has been truly eye-opening and full of discovery – of course, nothing short of bumps and surprises.
What did I discover in 2017 – Year of Discovery?
- I discovered the ability to love myself – This is by far the biggest discovery. Ever. I am still a novice but continuing to strengthen this heart and compassion muscle every day. Thanks to the Feminine Power (FP) Mastery Program by Claire Zammit, I have been able to learn a system on accessing that old ability and very grateful for the experience and for the supportive community. I can go on and on with this experience – which I will probably outline in a different section later. In short, the key principles are to be able to reconnect with my child Self and to forgive myself. Through the practices, I learnt to accept myself in totality – the good, the bad and the ugly. Only then, I can accept others in the same light. Warning: This took lots of courage (and heartaches!). But the outcome is well worth it.
- I discovered that I don’t have to go and do it all alone – This is the second AHA for me. Being conditioned in a competitive environment (I am an A-type and an athlete), I used to believe that the ‘race’ is all a solo sport. Only when I questioned this belief, do I see that I had mirrored this false belief in so many different facets of my life. With that shift, I am continued to be amazed at how I found help in seemingly hopeless situations. This is work-in-progress. I regress from time to time 🙂 I do want to acknowledge that it helps so much to start cultivating the deep relationship with people who have the same mindset and shared goals. For this, I am so grateful to have wonderful friends and family who are in the same wavelength and supporting each other in this journey. In short, find your tribe.
- I discovered that I can bounce back – This is the most satisfying skill I discovered. However, I would not be able to achieve this without cultivating the self-love (see #1). When I faced adversity (especially at work these days), I would catch myself now, questioning “What can I learn from this experience?”. This has kept me focused on the solutions – and I feel that this is the most loving act I could do to myself.
- I discovered that if I amplify others, I naturally will amplify my Self – This is a completely new concept as I journeyed through the FP Mastery program. This just takes away the habit of dimming my light or dimming others’ light – it is not a zero-sum game. We are all unique and we all can amplify each others’ light by standing up tall together.
So what is your word for 2018?
Mine is to Create, hence the creation of this blog. Enjoy!
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Zalina, best wishes for your journey of discovery. It is not going to be time-bound as it is truly a continuum. You will be surprised by how far you can go in re-living the life of your choice.
Just one clear and compelling word for me is Reconnect. This for me is a ten year plan. It started in 2011.
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Thanks Zainal, love the way you characterize the time horizon. Agree, it is a continuum – it is the journey 🙂 Thanks for the wisdom.
My word was Grow 😉
I chose it because I felt that the past year had been a huge eye-opener to me, birthing this realisation that there were many things I loved to do (music, organising notes, leading a team). I learnt so much by taking that first step out of my comfort zone and begin exploring deeper waters – which only showed that I still have a long way to go! Thanks for the inspiration, Mama 🙂
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Auw, so sweet! Thanks Irfan.