I spoke with someone yesterday who said that she names her years. She doesn’t name them Harry or Joe, but with intention and forethought as to how she wants the coming year to proceed.
This ritual began for her one New Year’s Eve as she reflected on a particularly trying time, and she said, “I guess that was the year of struggle.” And then she said, “My next year will be different. It will be a year of…” And so by naming it, she made it so.
I like this idea a lot. It is like having a concrete goal, a yardstick by which to measure one’s days. Things happen to interfere, of course, but instead of being blown about by the details of the year, we can rally ourselves and bring ourselves back on purpose.
I have named 2008. I want to see significant progress in one area of my life by the end of the year, and so I have determined that this will be the year that I incorporate that aspect into my daily living.
So now I want to know: If you were to name your personal 2008, what would it be?