My Word for 2017
In my Mind Mapping post, I mentioned that I’d consider defining one or more words that I'd adopt for the new year. Identifying a word for the year is a way to set an intention and keep it in the forefront of your mind. I’ve been thinking about this, especially now that I’m in the process of making my vision boards. I've come up with one word that's really resonating with me: Connection.
I want to focus on and improve the connection I have with myself and others this year. Connection is defined as "a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else." That definition doesn't come close, though, to what I’m after.
I'm talking about human connection. Ever tried to define it? Yeah, me neither, at least not until today. So I took to the Internet to look up the definition by one of the thought leaders I most admire, Brené Brown. She has deep ties to human connection. She's devoted her life to it, in fact. Brené defines connection as, "the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship."
Deep right? Yep. That's where I'm going in 2017. I'm going there. I’ll post more about my plans and progress for establishing better connection in future posts.
Before I depart for today, though, I wanted to share something I found very interesting. In my research for Brene Brown's quote, I came across an AMAZING article by Samie Al-Achrafi. His blog post resonated with me so much that I got emotional. Not only was I overwhelmed by the timing of finding this article to coincide with my blog post, but I felt like he was speaking directly to me. I couldn't agree more that establishing deep relationships with others starts with yourself.
Now to incorporate "my word" into my 2017 vision board. :)
Be open to what comes.