This year I choose 'presence'. Not 'presence' as in 'imposing', but presence as in 'being present'. Here, now, in the moment, paying attention, taking in and living each experience as fully as possible. Bringing something of myself to each experience and encounter. Less multitasking; less speed; quality rather than quantity.
On being asked what my resolutions for the new year were, I told a friend that rather than making a list of resolutions, I will focus on one word - 'presence'. 'Oh golly,' she enthused, 'that is rather nice! What a marvellous word! Good for you! So what did you get?'
Hmmmm. I patiently explained my word. 'Presence ... you know .... as in being present ...?'
'Ooooooooooh,' she said, disappointed. 'I thought you said presents.'
Jolly good idea. So I immediately went out and bought myself a New Year's present - a beautiful vintage Kuba cloth from the Congo.
I should probably get her something too ...