I had a struggle this morning. My group of friends and I have a tradition of picking a word for the year – in other words, our resolutions are contained in one word.
I have usually found this an easy one – a word pops into my mind and it makes sense nad off I go with it. In the past, words have been “surrender”, “magic,” “love” – and so on. A bit like angel cards only we pick it deliberately and keep it for a year.
Today I listed what seemed like a million words – all of them resonated in part, but not entirely. I had insurgence, (trying to put the phrase “drawing a line in the sand” in one word), defiance, intrepid, candid, audacious – and so on.
I finally came up with it after I gave up and started folding laundry.
My word for 2013: Transformation.
Fro me that means many things on multiple levels. I want to see – and be a part of – a transformation in socity> I want to creat a society that is more equitable, more just, more tolerant and accepting.
I want to transform government to a paradigm of transparency, honesty and true democracy. I want to see the First Nations take a lead in our country and to band together with them to defeat what I see as a hypocritical and dangerous would-be fascist state.
Most of all, I want to transform myself and mean to. That doesn’t mean I don’t love who I am. Nor does it mean I don’t love my life. But I see more to reach for – much more. As Robert Browning said, “A man’s reach should exceed his grasp or what’s a heaven for.”
So – bring it on 2013. Let’s begin this process of transformation!