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With this new year comes a major shift for me as I say “thank you for all you taught me” to 2023’s Year of Alignment and hello to a new word, symbol and song for 2024.
After more than 20 years of embracing a new “year of” on January 1, I’ve come to deeply appreciate both the process of receiving the word, symbol and song and also for how important these things are in guiding me the next 12 months.
This is Year of Openness. And I’m excited…and yes OPEN to what 2024 brings.
Year of Openness Theme
I read a book last year, during a time when alignment was at the top of my awareness. It’s called Outrageous Openness. I loved it and I’ve read it several times.
Last fall I felt drawn to the title, as a clue to this year’s theme. “Is it OUTRAGEOUS?” I asked over and over. Because, as I’ve shared many times, the word, symbol and song are given to me, rather than me selecting them. I pay attention to synchronicities and repetition for clues.
As much as I hoped my word for 2024 was Outrageous, it was not. No synchronicities or repetition confirmed that. Instead, I finally realized there was another word in the title. Perhaps it seemed too common of a word and I initially overlooked it. I asked, “Is it OPENNESS?” Yes. Yes. The confirmations came quickly and continuously.
Openness is defined as a trait that includes being open minded, creative and insightful. Open people tend toward variety and diversity, new experiences, curiosity and are often highly perceptive. I’ve already learned that openness is considered one of five core personality dimensions that drive behavior. I’m excited to learn more about that this year.
Year of Openness Symbol
In the last couple of years, as part of my daily practices, I often stand with my heart area open…head tipped back, arms raised and out to the side, shoulders back. I also adopted using American Sign Language for several affirmations and they also beautifully express a sense of openness.
My symbol for this year is a pair of hands, open with palms turned upward. They represent openness to give and receive, openness to let go and openness as well to invite in, openness to surrender to the flow of life.
Open hands also represent truth, kindness and generosity. They remind me that I am not clinging to anything or grasping tightly in fear or want. My symbol also serves as a reminder that my mind, heart, arms and life are open also.
Year of Openness Song
As is typical, the song came to me last. I first heard my song via Amazon Music. I frequently let my Echo Dot select songs randomly, usually in a particular genre. “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield played most of the way through before it suddenly caught my attention. Did she just sing about living life with arms wide open?
I love Amazon Music because I can ask Alexa what song is playing. I looked up the lyrics and played the song again.
During the next week “Unwritten” played in my presence several times, popping up in unexpected places like my Instagram feed. I began to hum it unconsciously and wake up with it playing in my head. I knew this was THE song for 2024.
Listen to “Unwritten”:
My Year of Openness
Using my word, symbol and song for 2024 as guideposts, I look forward to navigating the year, open to all that comes to me.
I’ve already created a new vision board and added to my daily affirmations and mantras. I listen to my song at least once a day. And I am alert. When my word or symbol or song show up in my life it’s a tap on the shoulder to pay attention.
Today is a good example. These words caught my eyes:
Faith is a state of openness or trust. In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all. Instead, they are holding tight, but the attitude of faith is to let go and become open to the truth, whatever it might turn out to be.
The word OPENNESS jumped out at me. I’ve read those words several times and I know there is a message there for me, a confirmation that I am journeying in the direction I’m supposed to journey in.
I am open…open to possibilities and opportunities, open to learning new things and growth, open to traveling to new destinations, open to helping others, open to give, open to receive in all ways.
I am living life with my mind, heart, arms and hands wide open.
Do you have a word for 2024?
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