I have enjoyed reading the many blog posts out there about choosing a word of the year for inspiration and motivation in 2012. It is a welcome new take on the good old fashioned challenge of making (and keeping) New Year's resolutions. It also encourages us to look within ourselves to figure out exactly what it will take to create positive change in our own individual lives. "Get organized, eat less, exercise more, take time to give back" are on just about everyones list and almost too generic and overwhelming to create lasting change. I didn't "pick" a word last year but, as I look back on 2011, I realize my word was "create" and it came out of a process of renewal and change in my life that was long overdue.
I am going to hold on to "create" as my word for 2012. I still need to work on making this a priority in my life. But, I am going to expand on my need to physically create something with my hands and mind and layer on the challenge to "create happiness" in my life. Life gets busy and it is easy to pass over everyday opportunities to stop and appreciate the little things. I am going to follow the lead of my five year old, who greets each day with a smile and sees every moment as an opportunity for happiness and fun.