I’m really keen on the practice of selecting a new word for a new year, like the distillation of a few intentions into a single word, easy to whisper, to chant, to revisit.
I’ve been a bit stuck this month – which is why this has been sitting in my drafts folder so long. I’m really keen on the phrase “follow through” but I can’t wholly commit to – or are completely turned off by – any of the single word synonyms for this phrase. Fulfill, actualize, produce, deliver, perfect. They sound too driven – by productivity or success or acknowledgement – and that’s not what I’ve been thinking about when I think about following through.
I have this humming energy going into this year. And then layered on top of that energy is this real desire to hone in on specific things versus flitting from one thing to the next. The past few years have presented so many roadblocks that I feel like we’ve been in a constant state of pivoting. I’m really tired of pivoting, because pivoting leaves a lot of things unfinished in its wake.
This energy has a distinctive edge to it. It needs focus, it wants to be linear, it craves closure. It’s less fearful, it’s more decisive, it thrives on connection, it’s tired of clutter.
Maybe “follow through” is just what it is. Like hitting publish now, finally.