Bouncing around the blog-o-sphere I’m seeing a new trend of choosing a word for the year instead of making New Year’s resolutions that fall by the wayside after a few weeks. Many folks out there are choosing words like “purpose”, “health”, “play”, “calm”, “ease” and “metamorphosis”. I like this concept much more than Resolutions which seem to be like a list of rules, and who wants more rules to have to follow in daily life?

This word is something you can intend and invite into your daily life. It’s a word on which you can mediate, reflect and place at the back of your mind so that everyday it can open up the possibilities in your outward life. It’s your theme, so to speak.

It can be singular or plural, tangible or intangible. It could be a thought, feeling, emotion or state of being. Find something that is personal to just you. This is not anyone else’s word or someone’s way cool word you think you should have too. You don’t have to share it with anyone or feel like you have to explain or defend it. This is YOUR word. If you are having trouble thinking of a word, you can start with what you don’t want, like worry, and follow that to find what you do want, like “serenity”.

My word for this year is SERENDIPITY.

Sunrise on Highway 47

Sunrise on Highway 47

The Oxford American Dictionary defines “serendipity” as: serendipity |ˌserənˈdipitē| noun: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way: a fortunate stroke of serendipity | a series of small serendipities.

ORIGIN 1754: coined by Horace Walpole, suggested by The Three Princes of Serendip, the title of a fairy tale in which the heroes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”

Can you identify a single word that sums up what you want for yourself in 2014?