A popular practice around the first of every new year is to pick a word for that year. Much easier, not to mention more intuitive, than making New Year’s Resolutions, picking a word to serve as a North Star can be very beneficial. During 2018 my word was flexible. I wanted to be more flexible in my body, my mind and my emotions all year long. Not only did it get me into a “mostly” two-day-a-week yoga practice, it also helped my thinking relax and flow as the year progressed. It was such a success for me that I decided to come up with a new word for 2019. I’m hoping this word will guide and direct my intentions as much as the last. And yes, I strongly encourage every reader to take the time to figure out what one word might inspire and pilot them in the next 365 days.
In case you’re wondering, drumroll please, my word for 2019 is “aligned.” Okay, I realize that it may not be that interesting to anyone else but me. That is perfectly okay. A person’s word really doesn’t need to do anything for anyone else. However, it should be a word that reminds you whenever you remember it, whenever you hear it, and whenever you write it, to come back into focus with what you believe to be important in your life right now. Let me give you some examples.
As I have mentioned before, I listen to a lot of lectures and podcasts by Abraham-Hicks on a regular basis. I’ve written about some of their ideas before that I think are helpful. (Here is a link in case you are interested). One thing I hear over and over and over in those talks is a reminder to remain aligned to your inner being. Now you can call that inner being your intuition, your soul, your holy spirit, your spirit guide, whatever. It doesn’t matter really what you call it—what matters is that you have a sense that your physical body isn’t limited to your five senses—that you are more than your physical being. And when you do that, you can begin to call that Inner Being your personal GPS.
Now I doubt I have to explain the regular kind of GPS to anyone, but in case you aren’t seeing the similarities, let me clarify. Most everyone I know has a GPS in their car these days. GPS actually stands for “Global Positioning System” and technically a GPS can track where your car is in most places on the planet. Those of us with a SMART Phone on our person are also usually connected by GPS. During my recent trip to Vietnam I actually purchased a mapping app that works even when I am offline or unconnected to a telephone service—that’s how good and precise GPS Satellites are in today’s time. If you have a phone on you—you can be found anywhere in the world—like it or not.
The thing is, you also have another GPS that you may or may not be aware of having. That GPS is your “Guided Personal Self” and it is available 24/7, 365. While that may or may not sound strange to you, just remember that not too many years ago people would NEVER have believed that most of us would soon never leave home without a small personal phone in our purse. Or, that all our cars came equipped with a tracking system that helps navigate the freeway system in Los Angeles in real time! I believe our intuition, personal guidance, or inner GPS is as real as that external mechanism that most of us depend on—but unfortunately, our inner GPS is seldom utilized.
And just like our car’s GPS, our inner GPS also knows where we are at all times and what to do to get to where we want/need to go. But never fear. Even if we make a wrong step or two, again just like our car, it will recalibrate and offer guidance from that new position. Of course, just like with our car’s GPS, we have to trust what it offers and then follow through. How do we access that voice? That my friends, is the topic of another blog post.
So if you believe, like me, that we are more than just physical selves, then the idea of your own inner GPS might make sense. But don’t let the idea stop there. I do believe that I am more than my body, but most of the time, like most people I know, it is really, really easy to act as though what I can see, hear, smell, taste, and feel is much more “real” than what’s happening within. That’s where a word like aligned comes in for me. My intention for 2019 is to stay more aware of, and in alignment with, my inner GPS. And taking this example further, while I realize that this idea might seem odd or even unbelievable to some people reading this post—my alignment, my personal GPS, said this particular topic was exactly the topic I should blog about this week, regardless of what anyone else thought about it.
It’s no secret that many people in the world today complain about doing things they really don’t want to do. Many people go to jobs they hate, spend time with people they don’t care for, and do things just because they “should.” This even includes other bloggers who feel stressed about how many posts to write, what topics they should write about, and how it will affect their numbers. I know that because I’ve done that myself. But if we put our aligned selves as a priority over everything else we are doing, then nothing is a struggle, and nothing is forced. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it is always easy or laugh-out-loud fun. But it does mean that the purpose and meaning behind the action always rings true and authentic. That’s why aligned is my word for 2019.
Of course, I believe that picking any word that serves as a guide to your actions and thoughts will be a benefit. You can go esoteric like me or something that you perceive to be more practical. Regardless, I think it is always valuable for each of us to take the time to realize our priorities and what matters to us. It is irrelevant whether you get my idea of “aligned.” What does matter is: What is important to you when you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep? Are you living the life you want to live? Are you true to yourself? Why not let one word serves as a beacon to what you want to experience in the coming days? Pick that word.
Every blog I read has a different purpose. Some inform. Some teach. Some make us laugh. Others call us to action. I’m hoping that SMART Living 365 does a little of all the above—but most of all, I’m hoping that in 2019 I remind myself, and you too, to stay aligned with your inner GPS.
- For those of you who are interested, here is last year’s post about picking your word for the year: Flexible Is My Word For 2018
Okay, you’re turn. Do you have a word for 2019? Do you think it is a helpful idea? Please share your thoughts about this or your own personal GPS in the comments below.