The power to make impossible things happen;
Something with special or mysterious qualities that makes one happy;
A significant or desirable quality;
Wonderful, marvellous, exciting;
Effective in producing results, especially desired ones.
Each year, for the past few years, I’ve chosen a word to accompany me through the year. Two years ago, it was Joy – because I was still figuring my way out of recovering from the tumour and I felt I needed to focus again on finding the joy in the big and little things in life. Last year, I chose light – because I wanted to see the light, be the light, and honestly and quite simply, be light. Along with choosing my word, I’ve dabbled in the One Little Word workshop (meaning I’ve followed along, done some of the prompts, but never actually followed through with all the prompts each month), and used my word to help me form my goals, plans, aspirations for the year.
Last year, despite my best intentions last year, the rhythm and feel of life didn’t line up at all with my word. In fact, it almost felt like life was the opposite of what I had intended. I tried to find the light, but it was a difficult year to see the light. I tried to be light, but it’s hard to be light in spirit when you can’t make sense of the world around you. And I certainly didn’t get any lighter (which, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t a big deal, but I won’t lie, frustrated me). But as much as my word last year didn’t resonate with me (or maybe it did in ways I haven’t yet realized), and at times even seemed to taunt me, I wasn’t ready to give up on this concept.
As the days in December ticked by, and my social media feeds become increasingly filled with posts on choosing a word and goal setting and New Years resolutions, the word “Magic” kept appearing; both literally in things I was reading, and figuratively as flashes through my consciousness. The more I thought about the word, the more I grew attached to it. And eventually, I sat down to look up the definition. Taken from a few different sources, I cobbled together the definition I started this post with . . . and with a definition like that, who wouldn’t want to spend a year working with this word.
And so, on January 1st, I declared (to myself, and now to you) my word for the year to be Magic. (I also declared that I would faithfully follow through with the One Little Word class and actually complete all 12 prompts)
We may only be 12 days into this new year, but already this word is having an impact on my life. I know, it sounds ridiculous. But hear me out. I’ve done lots of work in the past with gratitude. How many times have we been told to “focus on the positive”, “make a list of things you’re grateful for”, “don’t forget to be grateful”. But I’ve turned this process around and started to look for the magic instead of just things for which I’m grateful. And it’s amazing how my perspective has changed. Try it!
Never mind that it’s way more fun to look for sprinkles of magic in your life than to simply trudge through endless gratitude lists . . . .
I’m not kidding when I say one of the best parts of my day is when I sit down to journal about just one piece of magic I have found during my day.
So on that note, I wish you all a magical start to this new year, and I’m off to make a note about some magic that happened today.
Hi there Nancy
I’ve been receiving your posts via email for a couple of years now. I think I may have found you through a OLW community when we both chose the word JOY. (LIGHT was also a word for me previously.
Last year my OLW was MAGIC so I commend you on your choice for this year. Last year I too struggled to follow the prompts of the workshop. Then something happened for me in October and MAGIC really became part of my life. I hope this word meets your expectations this year.
Thank you for sharing your journey.
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Simone, thank you SO much for your kind words! I hope you chose a word you love for this year . . . and that we’re both able to stick to the prompts!!! –Nancy
I love this post and I love your word!
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