New year, the new beginning… It’s specially true for the new calendar in everyone’s house! Add to it, the new year holiday that most of us enjoy! For me the New Year meant only these two things and both fetched me joy. It was another day like the 364 days in the year to come; till this year. Things really changed when I read on Corrine’s post on fb about “Word Of The Year”. I used to enjoy the word of the year as declared by the dictionaries all over the world before that. But this #WOTY was something different.
My first reaction was to check out how the year 2017 was for me. The retrospection tossed out a post, "One Day At A Time". Life revolved around a particular central theme in that year. Surprisingly the theme was also a single word, “Realisation”! That made me dig little deeper. Reading Corinne, Shilpa Garg and Mayuri’s take on the #WOTY helped me get the gist of the matter. Really can’t thank these graceful ladies enough for this wonderful concept and insight.
So here I was, equipped with the new found knowledge, staring at the 365 days of the year ahead. I had an opportunity to set a tone for the new chapter of 52 weeks instead of taking the day as it happens. Being mindful of the actions to make the most was the key. When I embarked on the journey to search the word, I reminded myself of the multiple hats that I wear and the responsibilities there off. At any given moment of life, I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a daughter in law and me, myself; not in this particular order of priority though. The dynamism of the life keeps on popping one of the roles on pedestal. Thus, the word had to give justice to all these “me”.
Was there any compulsion to oblige all these roles? Could I not have just focused on ‘Me, Myself”. My answer to it was a big “No”. I love each and every role that I play. They are what make me, me. There isn’t an iota of doubt about it. Each role gives me pleasure of its kind, thus inspires me to do better in all these spheres of life. At times I do feel the pull in one direction more than other, resulting into feeling of exhaustion. At such times, then I wonder could I have done it better? Can I manage these things in a different way to give justice to all at hand? Can I enjoy executing them without feeling squeezed out?
In popped the word, “Lagom”, pronounced ‘Leh-gum’. It’s a Swedish word meaning, “Not too little, not too much. Just right” Upon scratching the surface of the word, a little bit more, I learnt that its actually the art of living balanced and happy life! It was a ‘Eureka’ moment for me. The search ended with this apt word for my little world right now! My word for the year 2018 is “Lagom”.
With Lagom, I will be better at organizing and executing different roles and responsibilities that I play.
With Lagom, I intend to set an example for my children that everything at hand can be done with joy and peace.
With Lagom, I will help my kids to balance their studies and extracurricular activities.
With Lagom, quality time with kids and better half wouldn’t be a luxury sought after desperately!
With Lagom, I desire to see me writing regularly.
With Lagom, I hope to give enough justice to reading.
With Lagom, I yearn to ring in travel, entertainment and family time as an important component of living life to the fullest.
With Lagom, I wish to see myself smelling the flowers en-route and not hurry through life as it happens to me.
Embarking on the journey of being a “Lagomer”, I am sure to find the harmony, peace and joy! Dear Zindagi, here I come to embrace you with ‘Lagom’.
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