Have you ever started a project or activity only to glance up at the time and realize five hours had passed? Getting so engaged in the task at hand that time faded away? Pure bliss.
Bliss is a powerful word. It goes beyond mere happiness and joy. It can also feel fleeting or momentary. This year my goal is to focus on rediscovering those things in my life that bring me true bliss.
I’ve embarked on another One Little Word® journey. I blogged about this project and my previous words, in my post One Little Word® Memory Keeping Project. Essentially, you pick a word to guide you for the year. Each month you participate in a variety of tasks and creative projects to reinforce your intentions around the word.
I chose bliss as my word this year because I want to rediscover my passions and what I truly enjoy spending time doing. I want to focus on what is important and meaningful to me. While sometimes this will happen organically, the reality is that you need to be intentional and make choices that lead you on the right path to finding bliss.
Below are some quotes about bliss that really resonated with me:
Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real. ~ Deepak Chopra
Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. ~ Joseph Campbell
Both quotes spoke to why I picked bliss as my word this year. I think it is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves to connect with our passions and unfortunately, life can sometimes get in the way.
At the start of the project, we answer some questions specific to the year ahead one of which is “What do you fear most in the coming year?”
I am lucky. I don’t have much fear tied to the coming year. I’m more excited than fearful. If I had to pick something, it would be that I fear not making forward progress on focusing on those things that bring me true joy. I was listening to the Armchair Expert podcast recently and Dax was interviewing Sam Harris. They were talking about how time is the only real commodity we have as humans. I would agree. I am fearful of wasting the time I have left by not focusing on the important things.
We also map out intentions for the year in ways we hope to connect with our word. One of my intentions was to resume blogging and to participate in the A to Z Challenge again after taking last year off. Creativity is definitely a component of bringing bliss into my life and blogging is one of my creative outlets.
When deciding on my theme for the A to Z Challenge, I decided to combine my word with my intention around blogging.
My A to Z Challenge this year will focus on the many ways I have experienced or can invite bliss into my life. The posts will cover a variety of topics but the underlying theme connecting them all will be that they somehow relate to bliss.
Many of the posts will include topics related to Maine because living in this beautiful state is definitely one of the things that brings me bliss. Other posts may not include a Maine component as I have other things I’m exploring on my journey with my word.
And it is a journey.
Have you ever selected a word to guide you for the year?
I’m participating in a Blogging A-Z Challenge for April 2020. I will be posting new content every day this month except most Sundays. Each post is associated with a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z. My theme for the challenge is Bliss. To read more of my A to Z posts from this year, click HERE.