this word presented itself to me several weeks ago. more or less out of the blue. i tried it on for size. then let it sit a while. it felt right but lately i’ve had some doubts… i mean there are other words that i “like” better. maybe it’s seeing everyone else’s words and second guessing myself (um, yes, i have a tendency to do that!) but in the end it’s a personal decision. it has to feel right at this particular time and move me forward in new ways.
2 years ago, when i started playing along with the word game (i totally resisted it because i really hate doing stuff just because everyone else is doing it…) i ended up choosing JUSTBE. i had recently had to deal with a fairly abrupt and unplanned early retirement. my head was bouncing randomly in all sorts of different directions… trying to figure out what was next in my life. i felt the need to concentrate on “being” instead of “doing”. this focus turned out to be super powerful in my life and its influence continues to this day…
once i was able to reign in my rebel thoughts and focus more on being present, i felt the need to IMAGINE the possibilities, in a somewhat structured way. i did a lot of “organized brainstorming”, regular journaling and art journaling. this has lead me down some new and interesting roads and i plan to continue those practices!
but at some point, you have to move beyond ideas… to step up and VENTURE out. to try new things. to reach beyond your comfort zone. to take some risks. in my younger years, i did a lot of this sort of thing, but i seem to have settled somewhat with age… often opting for the “comfortable”. so i want to step it up a bit…. i’m still young enough to do some VENTURING!!
so there you have it!
(oh - it hasn’t escaped me
that the cousin to VENTURE is
|Me embracing the new year!!|
(all photos taken this past week in southern arizona)