Wednesday, January 1, 2014

One Little Word for 2014

For the fourth time, I'm choosing a one-word theme for the year. (For more information about One Little Word as conceived by designer Ali Edwards, check out Ali's blog posts here.)

Last year my word was (en)light(en), and in 2012 my word was fullness. This year I'd like to build upon everything I've learned in the past two years and continue onward.

on·ward
    ˈänwərd,ˈôn-/

    adverb
    in a continuing forward direction; ahead.

    adjective
    going further rather than coming to an end or halt;
    moving forward.

I am going to utilize Ann Voskamp's idea for A Grace Plan to create a 25-point manifesto related to my One Little Word. I'll post that image when it's ready.

Have you chosen a one-word theme for the year?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

One Little Word for 2013

I chose Order as my one-word theme for 2011, and in 2012 my word was Fullness. My word for 2013 came to me almost as an epiphany, shortly after Winter Solstice, when my friend Louise posted this as her Facebook status: "May the literal return of light be a metaphor for our hearts."

My word is actually three interrelated words:

(en)light(en)
light
n.
1: the natural agent that stimulates sight and and makes things visible; a source of illumination
2: understanding of a problem or mystery; enlightenment; spiritual illumination by divine truth
v.
1: provide with light or lighting; illuminate
2: make (something) start burning; ignite
adj.
1: of little weight; easy to lift
2: gentle or delicate
3: requiring little mental effort; not profound or serious
lighten
v.
1: make or become lighter in weight, pressure, or severity
2: make or become lighter or brighter
enlighten
v.
give (someone) greater knowledge and understanding about a subject or situation; give (someone) spiritual knowledge or insight

I think these words cover a multitude of concepts I want to explore or accomplish in 2013. Covering the spectrum from literal to figurative, from mundane to extraordinary, among those ideas are faith ("For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."), sunshine, frivolous fun (Lighten up!), learning and experiencing new things, weight loss, and decluttering. I'm not yet finished contemplating the word Fullness, either, and I think that the verbs Light and Lighten also relate to my thoughts about mindfulness and living deliberating.

Have you chosen a one-word theme for the year?

Quote of the Day

"There is always a reason to dance."
          ~Anne Lamott
Source: Los Angeles Times, December 16, 2012.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Quote of the Day

"I still find each day too short for
all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take,
all the books I want to read,
and all the friends I want to see."
          ~John Burroughs

Friday, September 7, 2012

Quote of the Day

"I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go."
          ~Barack Obama in 2012,
          quoting Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Stretching

One of my personal commandments is Stretch, and one application of that commandment is to take advantage of opportunities to learn something new - something that I'm trying to do on a regular basis.

Today I read a blog post, which referred to the book Lists To Live By, and I saw the following list of ways to become a lifelong learner:
  1. Start with your attitude.
  2. Ask questions.
  3. Join others.
  4. Check out the other side.
  5. Read broadly.
  6. Keep a journal.
  7. Experiment.
  8. Apply what you know.
I think I was born asking questions - and my inner two-year-old is alive and well: Why? Why? Why? Avid reading is something else I've always done - though sometimes probably not as broadly as I ought. Lately I've been thinking a lot about journaling, about putting my thoughts on paper (or in cyberspace), about telling my own story - and I want to do more of that.

Which of these ideas is most compelling to you?