At the end of 2008 I had stumbled on this great idea of having a WORD to define you and move you through the upcoming year. The first time I saw it was at Ali Edwards's Blog. Once again, I've been in deep thought about "MY" word. Last year my word was PEACE. Looking back, I'm so pleased and proud of myself becuase I truely found the PEACE I was looking for. It's funny though, it came in so many different ways, none of which I expected.
This is a little bit of what Ali's blog says:
The idea behind the one little word concept is to give yourself something to focus on throughout the year. "A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow."
Also from that same newsletter:
Can you identify a single word that sums up what you want for yourself in 2009?Once again, I found myself pulling between 2 different WORDS....
It can be something tangible or intangible. It could be a thought or a feeling or an emotion. It can be singular or plural. The key is to find something that has personal meaning for you. This is not your mother's word or your spouse's word or your child's word - this is YOUR word.
One little word can have big meaning in your life if you allow yourself to be open to the possibilities. And here's one thing that is totally interesting: sometimes a word will pop into your brain and it will not make any sense to you right now. Give it some time. Let it percolate a bit. I have often found that our hearts speak to us in very unique ways. Maybe this is a word you need to hear but just aren't ready for it yet. Again, be open to the possibilities.
But after much thought my word for 2010 is Hope.
There are many things I Hope for. They're important and wonderful things. I know that by having Faith (which was the other word I was pulled between) and Hope that those things I want most in life will happen. Hope is a belief and feeling that what is wanted can be had and will turn out for the best.
We also did this as a family last night and I was so impressed with the words my family picked. My husband is foucsed on "POSITIVE". My 16-yr-old's word is "DISCIPLINE". My 14-yr-old picked "INNER-STRENGH". My sweet 7 year-old son picked "RESPECT". And of course my little twins picked "SPARKLE" and "HAPPY".
Need some help with words?? Check out Ali's List here.