Last year, I wrote a post about a friend who chooses a word for the new year instead of making resolutions. I love this idea and for the past few years, I’ve done the same. Last year, my word was explore and I must say my year lived up to my word.
I discovered a number of new hiking and biking trails and took a great solo trip to explore Door County, WI–a place I’d always wanted to visit.
I’ve also spent a lot of time this year exploring meditation on my own and in a group setting. Both have proved to be quite beneficial and rewarding.
And I’ve been exploring another platform for my writing and have posted a number of articles there. Needless to say, in exploring that site I’ve been neglecting this one. It’s been hard to keep up with both.
But back to this “Word of the Year” thing. For the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking about what my word for 2022 will be. During this pondering, I came upon the above print in a folder of art images from my Great Grandfather.
This image intrigues me and I’m going to have it framed for my upcoming birthday. I believe it holds my word for the new year, but I can’t quite settle on exactly what that word is.
Maybe you can help.
I’m sure my two sons will say the word is ‘dog’. I can hear them now. “Mom, she has a dog by her side. You need one, too.” They’ve been pestering me for the last two years to get one.
But ‘dog’ isn’t my word. Sorry, boys. I’m not getting a dog.
What I see in this image is a woman who’s focused, yet relaxed. She’s feminine, yet strong. She’s ready to launch her arrow but has paused. Maybe this pause is about determining if her aim is true. Maybe it’s about confirming her intention. What’s she launching her arrow towards and why? That’s what I see and the idea I want to capture. But I can’t seem to land on one word that sums this up.
So, dear readers, I’m asking for your help. What word sums up this image? Maybe it’s more than one word?
I welcome your thoughts along with hearing what your word is for 2022. Please share! I always enjoy connecting with you.
Wishing you and yours a very healthy and joy-filled 2022!