Tis the season for resolution, for initiating changes in one's life. We all know that most New Year's resolutions are broken within a month. All you need to do to prove this is to compare the number of people at a fitness centre on January 2nd and February 2nd. Resolutions become a task master and do not deal with our attitudes and inner motivation.
A number of bloggers have been writing about picking a one word guide for the new year. This word would be significant in many levels of your life, not just the external ones that others would notice. The goal is a shift of attitude and focus, of addressing root issues and deeply ingrained habits.
My word for the year is...
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: make easy, intelligible
Synonyms: abridge, analyze, boil down, break down, break it down, chasten, clarify, clean it up, clean up, clear up, cut down, cut the frills, decipher, disentangle, disinvolve, draw a picture, elucidate, explain, facilitate, get down to basics, get to the meat, hit the high spots, interpret, lay out, let daylight in, let sunlight in, make clear, make perfectly clear, make plain, order, put in a nutshell, put one straight, reduce, shorten, spell out, streamline, unscramble
Many people wish to simplify their lives, to reduce stress, debt, excess, the addictions to information, technology, money, habits and material things. Living simply can mean frugality or it can also mean living a more balanced, deliberate, and thoughtful life.
Simplicity is the touchstone of my new year.
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