I really like choosing a word of the year rather than a New Year’s Resolution. For this year’s word, I have chosen Flourish.
“To choose to flourish is an intentional act to increase your well-being in a profound way, improve your health and extend your longevity. Now imagine choosing flourish as your daily word for 2017 to anchor your life and sense of purpose. To choose to flourish is a bold affirmation of your life and continued emergence as a person.” Robert V. Taylor
The article recommends putting the word in a place you will see daily or even making your passwords include the word flourish. As soon as I finish writing this piece today I am going to tape my sign to my bathroom mirror. Next I am thinking I should read these recommended books: Martin E.P. Seligman, “Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Wellbeing,” (Simon and Schuster, New York, 2011), Kelly McGonigal, “The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More Of It.” (Avery, New York 2013) and Robert V. Taylor’s “A New Way to Be Human” (New Page Books).
I have never thought of the word Flourish with regard to mindfulness thought but rather to do with a garden. It is interesting to picture my life, my soul and my emotions not happy but rather flourishing. Just think, some things grow better in their own unique environment rather than in other environments. I significantly changed my environment over these past few years and without noticing or putting my finger on it and at times mislabeling it happiness, I was flourishing. Now I will notice and now I will practice the determined life of mindfully creating an environment to flourish.