The idea to come up with a single theme — or intention — to take me through 2013 came about in a random way. Somebody I follow on Twitter (I regret that I don’t remember who) re-tweeted something posted by Jason Mraz, which caught my eye because I used to be a huge Jason Mraz fan. He had tweeted a link to a blog post, so I clicked through.
The post, F*** Yeah 2012, talked about his tradition of setting a clear intention when the ball drops at midnight on New Year’s Eve. In 2011, he decided that his theme for the year would be F*** Yeah 2012 or “a year of firsts, filled with radical doings, and all around awesomeness.” Then he listed all of crazy, awesome things he accomplished in 2012 by living out his intention.
Near the end of the post, Jason wrote:
And now I invite you to consider a theme for 2013; something that will surpass your resolutions and stick with you for the entirety of the year, uplifting and inspiring you to be the person you always dreamed you’d be.
So I gave it some thought. And the word that kept popping up in my mind was “passion.” Not passion as in sexual desire (although I don’t think JB would mind if that was my intention). What I wanted to bring into my life was “a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept.” I often feel as if I’m just going through the motions, not really invested in anything I’m doing. Sure, I get excited about things, but that excitement tends to wane quickly. What usually takes its place is fear, uncertainty or just ambivalence.
By making passion my theme for 2013, I thought I’d be inspired to throw myself into new projects and feel revived enthusiasm for old ones. That my devotion to my relationships would increase, and I would be a better wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend. That passion could help me enjoy things more deeply and for longer periods of time — even the little things.
I was all set to confirm passion as my intention when I came across another blog post earlier this week that inspired me in a different way.
to be continued…