Monday, January 05, 2009

Word of the year

Resolutions. Goals. Good intentions. Words.
In another trend sweeping the blogosphere, the philosophy is this: choose a word. The word will be your focus, guiding changes and progress in 2009.

G's Cottage, the first place I saw this, chose Cultivate as her word. This is a great multi-meaning word. It encompasses nurturing, planting, growing, assisting, caretaking, and many more action words. Cultivate would fit my teaching profession and my gardening hobby and, face it, motherhood.
But cultivate is G's word. No matter how well it might fit me, it's not quite right.
Christine, the leader of this movement, provided a long list of words from which to choose. This list, while comprehensive, doesn't cover everyone's personality and/or needs. It's meant to guide and suggest, not limit.

So far, my personal list is narrowed down to these.

Clarify: Think, act, speak clearly. Keep goals in mind: eyes on the prize, while simultaneously focused on the process. Maybe Clarity is even better.
Mastery: Aim high, don't settle. Improvement is good; mastery is better.
Acceptance: Change is good, but accepting limits is also good. As in the famous serenity prayer, the key is knowing what I can and cannot change, and accepting this.
Willingness: Not digging in my heels, but moving ahead willingly. The opposite might be "grudgingly." No one sets a goal of being unwilling; it seems to happen on its own. Willing or willingness would be reminders to push forward with a "glass half full" philosophy, working to make the glass overflow.
Balance: need I say more?
Health: this one is almost too broad. Physical, emotional, mental health; my own, my family's, my pets' health?
Action: Similar to willingness or willing, this word would remind me that thoughts and ideas are cheap. Action is where the change originates, begins, ends, and succeeds.

Later this month I'll choose a word, a term that will guide me toward goals that make sense. One word. It will most likely come from this list, but maybe a better one will turn up. Until then, it's back to school, back to work, and back to (hopefully) a consistent sleep schedule.

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Blogger Flea said...

Ooo! I like the concept! One word, huh? Something to chew on ...

1/05/2009 8:27 AM  
Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

One word...hmm...I like it!

1/05/2009 2:30 PM  
Blogger Lynn - the piggy bank painter said...

Just popping in to wish you a belted Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

1/05/2009 8:55 PM  
Blogger Lynn - the piggy bank painter said...

alright, I meant belated. not belted. ugh.

1/05/2009 8:56 PM  
Blogger G's Cottage said...

Ooh, I like your list. I see a couple of my discards there. They're good words but not my words for this year. And it is not uncommon for short lists like this to generate an environment where a completely different word emerges that declares itself king (or maybe it's queen) of the hill.

1/05/2009 10:29 PM  

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