I thought long and hard about what I wanted my new word to be for this coming year. I even scrolled through online lists that give you hundreds of suggestions for words that might be suitable. I didn’t pick any of them.
Instead, I’ve picked the word LESS. I know that often when choosing a word of the year people are trying to figure out how they can add MORE meaning or interest or purpose to their life. But I am choosing the word LESS.
I want to spend LESS time inside and more time outside. I have found this neat website created for kids called 1000 Hours Outside. It provides lots of fantastic suggestions for how to spend time outdoors and has creative colouring charts to keep track of your progress. I have printed up one of the charts and I have started filling it in. I may not make it to a thousand hours but I am going to see how far I get.
I want to spend LESS time in front of the computer screen. Hopefully, the pandemic will ease eventually so meetings and visits can be other places than on Zoom or Facetime. But even if that doesn’t happen I want to spend LESS time on the computer and more time reading and doing other creative things. My computer has a screen time feature that lets me see how much time I spent online. I am going to try and bring those numbers down.
I want to spend LESS money on things I don’t really need.
I love buying new earrings and necklaces but really my collection is so big already I don’t need any more. I will still buy some new jewellery because it gives me such pleasure. But…..I will buy LESS.
I want to spend LESS money on foodstuffs that I end up throwing away because I don’t have a specific plan for how I am going to use them when I buy them.
The pandemic has shown me that really I don’t need nearly as many clothes as I have. I am going to buy LESS clothing in 2022 and use second-hand stores more often as a source of clothing when I do add things to my wardrobe.
I want to be happy with LESS when it comes to this grand adventure of life. Theo Moudakis had the cartoon above in the Toronto Star in celebration of 2022. I want to appreciate that tiny pleasures can be just as meaningful as travelling to some exotic destination or achieving some major goal. I want to be content with LESS when it comes to once in a lifetime experiences and just take pleasure in the tiny things.
Finally, I want to spend LESS time worrying about things I can’t change. There’s no point to it and I do way too much of it. Rather I need to focus my energy and time on things I can do something about.