For the past few years, I've selected a theme to guide my year. It's been a word or an idea that I can turn to in times of doubt or confusion, a mantra that will move me forward or bind me to the moment, something to help me decide what to do. I write it out, put it in a frame near my desk as a reminder.
For 2012, my theme is engage.
Engage means to participate, to commit, to engross, to involve.
Engage suits things I do on my own and together with others. It is a theme with room for interpretation and always an impulse to act.
Engage is something I can do or something I can be: I can engage in new ventures; I can engage students in learning; I can engage an audience; I can engage my fears; I can be engaged by a book; I can be engaged in a project; I can become engaged in a relationship.
Some meanings that might apply in the coming year: appoint, enlist, employ, recruit, contract, bind, agree, promise, pledge, grapple, attack, attract, immerse, absorb, enthrall, captivate, fascinate, busy, enroll, fulfill, interconnect, partake.
Here are my previous themes:
2009, no shopping: http://www.mediatinker.com/blog/archives/010634.html2010, connect: http://www.mediatinker.com/blog/archives/010736.html
2011, relate: http://www.mediatinker.com/blog/2010/12/reverb-1.html