Are You Keen For 2016?

I hope that the sheen has not yet worn off 2016 for you. Be keen in 2016 for your life. The year is but new - there are plenty of opportunities to refine your plans, to struggle. To succeed. You'll even fall. Take a breath, look at the world from a different perspective, then get back up. Yes, there's even time to simply be.

I believe that we are meant to learn, change and, as a result, grow. As on a plant, the rate of growth can't always be predicted, but with attention, care and love, it can be encouraged. Stress techniques have given me the strength to do the heavy-lifting that is often required by life. Stress techniques have given me "bouncebackability" or resilience so that when I fall, I can get back up. This is especially important when you have a chronic condition such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Learn, change and grow are constants in my life - like the rising and setting of the sun, or the waxing and waning of the moon. Several words have brightly flickered across the night sky of my imagination to illuminate the way in 2016, much like the first planets and stars that appear in the evening sky. Those words are: savour, say yes, share and sybaritic.

This year, I'd like more of the following, please:

  • Savour - to enjoy or appreciate (something pleasant) completely. 

In this post, I shared a quote that resonated with me:

"Be quick, but don't hurry."

When I savour the present moment, I am better able to activate the wisdom that is contained within that short phrase. Rushing from one moment to the next blurs the present which, when you think about it, is all we really have. We eat, breathe, sleep, love and live in the present. Doesn't it make sense to fully savour it? Learn, change and grow, moment by moment. Something to remember, especially when tough moments, such as old habits, "OH, NO!" events and other far-from-pleasant things happen.

  • Say yes - in Things We Lost in the Fire, Brian Burke, David Duchovny's character, told his children to "accept the good"I will say yes to the things that are good for me. I know there will be times when I think I am too tired, but I will pause to see what my heartmindbody needs.
  • Share - more of myself.
  • Sybariticdisplaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses.

Stop right there, especially if your mind has gone south! I agree that I'm taking a great deal of leeway with this word. Thirty-eight years is a long time to live with rheumatoid arthritis - a disease that is neither characterized by luxury nor does it typically furnish the senses with gratification. In 2016, I intend to say yes to enjoying a more sybaritic lifestyle. More health. More comfort. More nature. More music. More laughter. More conviviality. More creativity. More travel. More joy.

So it seems that in 2016, I'm keen for more. More words that make my heart sing. Won't you join me?

10 Replies to “Are You Keen For 2016?”

  1. Your writing and ideas are brilliant – just as YOU are!
    I’m so blessed to read them and know you as my friend. Happy new year, indeed 🙂

  2. Keen for the Sheen of 20-sixTeen, a few days it has Been, as we have Seen, what does it al Mean…
    A rhyme full of tips for the New Year

  3. I LOVE your words, Marianna! … especially “sybaritic” (a new word to me – and, it is beautiful). I support you from afar in your intent to enjoy more health, more nature, more comfort, more music, more laughter and all the luxuries and voluptuous rewards available to you, my friend.

    As well, this line really resonates: “Rushing from one moment to the next, blurs the present … ” Amen! I continually enjoy being reminded to be better at slowing down and imbibing the moment.

    I look forward to ‘slowing down’ and luxuriating in your words throughout 2016.


    1. Thank you, Jacqui. I subscribed to’s word of the day, hence my attempts at making them part of my active vocabulary. Sybarite was one of them.

      I’d love to play Scrabble or Dictionary with you – not for points, but to be ludic (another word of the day). Watch for a blog post, soon. 🙂

      *Clink!* In a world that is always in a rush, here’s to pausing to drink in those moments to quench a thirst – to bring us joy – to appreciate life!

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