During the last coaching session of the year, I often ask my clients what word, phrase or image comes to mind that represents the past year. After some conversation, I then ask the same question about their theme for the new year. A few of their words for 2013 were: action, strength, open lines of communication and growth.
In the shower today I asked myself, what is my word for 2013? Immediately, "Trust" popped into my head. This is a theme that I have been exploring for a while, and yet it feels so right for this new year.
At breakfast this morning I mentioned to my husband that it was time to write my January newsletter article. I hadn't yet chosen my topic, which is often the case when the beginning of the month arrives. I let ideas slide in and out of my mind for a few days, and I trust that one will stick. Often a shower, walk or sitting in meditation solidifies the idea. Then it is time to get to work.
When I was in college and I had a paper to write, I often also had a very clean bathtub. One might say that cleaning the bathtub was a distraction or procrastination. It was that and it was also my time to think about the topic. Then, with effort, energy, and trust, I would write the paper.
In my April 2012 newsletter I wrote about the book that I have been writing for the past three years, on and off. To be honest, it has been mostly "off" since I wrote that article. It is true that I have been quite busy with work and also learning to play the fiddle. And, I have "trusted" my process.
Recently, I started working on the book again. Last week in the shower I came up with a new title, The Key to the Castle: Zen and Travel Stories of Trust. I am excited about this title and I feel confident that it will help me as I continue my writing and editing.
So, my theme for the year is trust. I trust, along with a healthy dose of the right amount of effort, that I will finish this book in 2013. I trust my clients and their intentions, dreams, and plans for the new year.
What is your theme for 2013?
Happy New Year,
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