January 4, 2011

One Word-2011

Once upon a time, before I wrote at this blog I wrote at another blog.  It was 2008 and I had just stumbled upon Ali Edward’s One Little Word project. It wasn’t Ali’s first year doing that project, but it was my first year participating.  I chose a word, selah.  The definition of selah is undetermined.  Some people say it means “holy pause”  some think it means “stop and listen”.  Either way, it made sense to me at that time in life (a whole three years ago ;))

I spent some time thinking about selah, and then stopped and then forgot about this project all together.  A week or two ago, though, a friend posted on facebook that she’d selected her word for 2011 and I realized that I wanted to do that again.

I started pondering what word I’d pick.  Some people (like Ali this year) “get lucky” and their word “picks them”.  No such luck here.  I spent the day considering what word I wanted most to live by in 2011.

I thought about the things I want to do and the things I want to accomplish.  A whole list of things that I am NOT calling resolutions.  How could one word encompass all of that?  And what word would it be?  I rejected a few words.  I used a thesaurus on a few others to see if I could find a word that fit better.  Nothing worked.

I read back over a few of Ali’s old posts about choosing her word of the year to see if I could be inspired.  There were ones that I liked (simplify, hope, balance), but none of those things seemed to apply.  They didn’t sum up what I wanted to feel.

And then it hit me.  The perfect, simple word to describe 2011.


Don’t sit back.  Don’t watch.  Don’t deflect.  Don’t hide.  Do.

Don’t over plan.  Don’t talk yourself out of it.  Don’t let anyone talk you out of it.  Do.


Don’t make excuses.  Don’t be scared.  Don’t be persuaded otherwise.  Do.


It’s perfect.

This year, I’m going to do. More.  Of Everything.

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