One Little Word

The idea of choosing one word that might define this coming year was a bit overwhelming.  When I reflect inward, my list of words becomes long.  Word after word comes to mind, and I have to stop myself.  There is so much I want to do and be, but I take a deep breath and just listen to my heart.  After a little time, I thought long and hard about a few words before coming to my final decision.  I thought about…

faith: spiritual faith, faith in myself, and faith in others

risk: the willingness to take chances, to climb the mountains unclimbed

passion:  living each day with passion

release:  letting go of the weight and baggage to focus on what matters

patience:  with myself, with my children, with my husband

In the end, I choose courage.  I felt that I could tie all of the other words into courage.  The courage to have faith in myself and in others.  To believe that all will be ok.  The courage to take risk and not be bound by fear.  The courage to say “what if…” and run with it.  The courage to fall down and get back up.   The courage to be vulnerable.  The courage to live each day with passion and let my passion drive me.  The courage to release all that weighs me down and works against my passions.   The courage to truly live life to the fullest…even though it sometimes scares me to death.  The courage to be kind and patient with myself and loved ones in my life.   The courage to speak up for myself and for others.    Finally, the courage to do what is right and not what is easy.  So here is to the year ahead, and to living courageously.




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15 responses to “One Little Word

  1. Wow, that’s a great word, and you’re right – living with courage will allow you to live all the other words you thought about! Can’t wait to see where courage takes you.

  2. I love that you came up with a very strong word that encompasses all of those other words. Heres to courage (faith, risk, passion, release and patience). Wishing you a great New Year.

  3. I love your word for the year. (Random q: is “one little word” a two writing teachers thing, or a “thing” that exists out there already? and if so, where did it start?) I’ve been thinking of my own word for the year, and “courage” is definitely up there. Thank you for sharing, and I hope you do indeed have a year filled with increased courage!

  4. Love this word! May we all show courage this new year!

  5. That’s a OLW that has been on my shortlist for a long time. I love of the shades of meaning that you gave courage – including vulnerability.

  6. Isn’t it great when you can find ONE word that encompasses everything that you’ve been thinking about for yourself?

    Good luck with your word in 2015!

  7. What a great word. and you’re right – it encompasses so many things! may you live courageously all year!

  8. Thank you all for your kind words. I wish you all the best in 2015.

  9. I agree that choosing one word is a daunting task, but you picked a great one. And I love that you chose a word that connects so well with all your goals. Happy New Year!

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