In A Word

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I found this blog last year: a href=”http://christinekane.com/blog”>
The author was talking about making New Year’s Resolutions and how most people pick actions, such as losing weight (that’s almost always mine), and how often such resolutions fail. She says choosing just one word to focus throughout the year is much more effective. You slowly change your thinking and it affects all parts of your world. Anyway, I am going to give it a try myself this year. Here is a list of possible words that she gives:

Compassion
Generosity
Effortlessness
Wealth
Gratitude
Abundance
Creativity
Willingness
Change
Growth
Freedom
Mastery
Kindness
Health
Presence
Acceptance
Courage
Confidence
Self-Love
Action
Forgiveness
Release
Trust
Knowing
Patience
Friendship
Fun
Grace
Laughter
Love
Expansion
Exploration
Adventure
Openness
Discipline
Awe
Awareness
Risk
Gentleness
Choice
Spirit
Prayerfulness
Power
Allowing
Artfulness
Attention
Beauty
Joy
Focus
Ritual
Healing
Order
Clarity

I think I’m going to make my word Spirit. It can mean alot of things from enthusiasm for doing things, to life force, to focusing on spiritual things, not in a religious way for me anyway. I’m looking forward to see where it leads me. What will your word be?

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19 thoughts on “In A Word

  1. What a good idea, Linda! Mine will be “expansion” — but hopefully not of my thighs, ha ha.
    May I suggest that you write a post about your chosen word and how it turned out to affect or influence you, before the new year is over? That would be interesting.

  2. I like this idea. Spirit is a wonderful choice for all the things it means, as you pointed out already.

    Looking at 2007, I see that I have focused on Beauty all year, not knowingly; it just happened. I think for 2008 that Awareness would be a good thing for me to focus on.

    Thank you for sharing this inspirational idea. I gave up on New Year’s resolutions years ago…but this “focus on one word” idea is something really meaningful.

  3. This is really funny but I read the headline and then saw the festive ‘baubles’ and thought ‘b*lls’. I read on and saw how wrong I could be. What a great idea I think I might pick patience as it is something I lack. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  4. Great post! I’ve been thinking along similar lines and things seem to be coming together for a “word” choice for me. I haven’t decided yet, but when I do I’ll be back to let you know!!

  5. I’ve never left you a comment before but have to now. Thank you for this entry. It’s perfect.

    I am redesigning my blog and I have a word in the byline that was on the list. I went to the website and she suggests reading the list and seeing if a word pops out. It certainly did!

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! As a teacher, mother, soon to be grandmother, wife, friend, sister and who knows what else – I am going to choose the word LOVE for my focus this year.

    You have given me a great gift by sharing your insights and those you found on Christine’s blog.

    Margie

  6. What a terrific thought, Linda!! I am selecting simplicity for my word for 2008. I hope to declutter and simplify my life in many ways. A very Happy New Year to you and Maurice!!

  7. I think I will go for Courage.
    I like your photos as usual.
    I was sorry to read how disppointing your Christmas was in Paris. Blessings for 2008

  8. A few weeks ago I was out in traffic, coming home from work. You can imagine the scene. Right then and then I vowed that I would have a “slogan of the year” for 2008.

    “KEEP IT SIMPLE AND BE NICE”

  9. Our daughter and her family had three mantras for 2007 which they will continue into 2008:

    “Go Green” (examples: they switched lightbulbs; now use all environmentally safer cleaning products and paper goods like toilet paper )
    “Get Healthy” (they joined a gym and go with the kids to play basketball; she started pilates; they plan their menus)
    “Give Thanks” (every night they say one thing they’re grateful for that day)

    Happy New Year Linda and Maurice, and also to all of the “Frenchless in France” readers around the world.

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