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  • Writer's pictureLynn Lovegreen

Word of the Year for 2023: Time

Clock half draped in cloth, word "Time" above it

For the last few years, I’ve picked a word for the new year, as a way to focus my goals and intentions. Last year’s was “Ask.”

This year my word is “Time.”

Lately, I’ve thought a lot about how I spend my time. There are certain hours we all must use for our basic needs, to keep ourselves healthy, warm, and clothed. But outside of that, I have a lot of control over how I spend my time. One lesson I’ve learned during this Covid-19 epidemic is to live according to my priorities. I want to consciously focus my time on things I most care about: my family and friends, my writing, and my volunteer work.

And especially with my free time, I want to say no to things I dislike and yes to things that bring me joy. It doesn’t have to be totally serious or noble pursuits (although those are good, too). It might mean watching PBS’ Masterpiece every Sunday, or hanging out with loved ones, or participating in a writing sprint with my colleagues. Whatever it is, I give myself permission to ask, “How do I want to spend my time today?” then act on it. Life’s too short to waste my time on other stuff.

If this resonates with you, I encourage you to choose the same intention or word of the year. May 2023 be the year to focus your time on things that are important to you. But maybe you have another need or goal—that’s great, you do you.

Whatever your plans, I hope that the new year will bring you joy and peace. I’m pulling for you. Take care, and I hope to see you around.

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