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2015 Word of the Year: Flow

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.  Don’t resist them — that only creates sorrow.  Let reality be reality.  Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” -Lao Tzu


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Many people write new year resolutions.  I still write down my goals for the year, but I have found it more helpful to have a word, an intention, to focus on throughout the year.

This year, in addition to my animal spirit totem, a deer, I decided the word flow would be my word for 2015.  Last year I chose the word trust and the year before that, I chose the word create.

Flow defined: flow /flō/  verb 1. move along or out steadily and continuously in a current or stream.

I am going to keep moving along steadily with my long-term photography project, which I hope to be done photographing by this spring; and I am going to practice flowing with what comes my way.  My hope is that positive benefits will flow from this practice.

Are you considering selecting a word for yourself (or letting one find you)?  There is no right or wrong.  The main thing to remember is that this is your word.

And what do you do with this one little word?  You live with it.  You invite it into your life.  You let it speak to you.  You might even follow where it leads.  There are so many possibilities.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lisa #

    really enjoyed this entry

    January 9, 2015
  2. Pat Pope #

    I enjoyed the blog today. I read something similar recently. FLOW should be a good word to follow. It makes me feel relaxed just saying it. Honestly, I have been trying to do what I feel like doing for the day but I am not very productive that way. Sometimes my body just tells me what I can or cannot do…

    January 10, 2015
  3. this is beautiful, i like that word. it shows continuity, and the ability to “go with the flow” no matter where life takes you.

    i need to think about what my word would be! 🙂 x

    January 11, 2015

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