I had forgotten about ‘One Word’.
Two years ago … was it really two years ago … I wrote a post about choosing one word that would sum up what I wanted to achieve in the coming year. It was a concept that I had found in various places, on various blogs, around the end of 2014.
A few days ago, Zenobia Southcombe, a fellow author and blogger, referred to my post and spoke about her One Word for 2016. That reminded me of the post and the concept, so I decided to refresh the post here in case some of you would enjoy the concept and to find your One Word.
There were a lot of blog posts about at the end of 2013, beginning of 2014, that zoned in on New Year’s resolutions, but I stumbled on some that were talking about One Word. The idea being that you choose just one word to keep ‘front and centre’ during the next year. Not a whole list of resolutions, but One Word that sums up what you, personally, want to achieve in the coming year.
Not being one to make, far less keep, New Year Resolutions, this sounded like something I might like to try.
There was even a book written about it with an interview on ‘Today’ with the author of the book.
I got to thinking about what my One Word would be.
As I read about all the words other people were putting forward as their words, I wanted to identify mine.
Have you any idea how many words there are out there?
According to the Oxford Dictionaries:
“There is no single sensible answer to this question. It’s impossible to count the number of words in a language, because it’s so hard to decide what actually counts as a word.
It’s also difficult to decide what counts as ‘English’. What about medical and scientific terms? Latin words used in law, French words used in cooking, German words used in academic writing, Japanese words used in martial arts? Do you count Scots dialect? Teenage slang? Abbreviations?
This suggests that there are, at the very least, a quarter of a million distinct English words. If distinct senses were counted, the total would probably approach three quarters of a million.”
That’s a lot of words to choose from.
Narrowing it down somewhat, I made a list of some others had chosen, as found in their blogs. Words like: COURAGE, SELFLESSNESS, PEACE, PRESENCE, KINDNESS, SIMPLICITY, TRUTH, APPRECIATION, SPARKLE, CHOOSE, WHOLE, NOW, FRESH, BLESSINGS, TENACITY, RESILIENCE, JOY, EQUANIMITY …. the list goes on … and on … and on … all good words.
I considered a few of them as suitable candidates for My One Word.
Simplicity … I could do with focusing on simplicity for a year, throwing out some of my clutter from cupboards and closets as well as from my mind and lifestyle. But I actually love my clutter. I’m not ready to part with much of it yet. I might do a spring-clean, but a whole year of simplifying, I’m not so sure.
Courage … yes. I always need that. We all do just to cope with the trials of life and what it throws at us. But would focusing on that as my One Word make a difference in the coming year? Possibly, but courage is something I’ve not been too bad at finding when I need it … so far …
Presence … to decide to ‘be in the moment’ to savour every moment. I like that. It would be a great word to ‘keep front and centre’. That’s something I already try to do, so I very nearly chose Presence.
Then I thought my word should really be about something I need more of in my life. Something I lack.
Consistency … Now there is something I need in my life. Consistency. Not to be wavering backwards and forwards, one day on top form, the next in the pits. One day doing my exercises, one day hardly getting off my you-know-what. One day eating salads and bean sprouts, and everything healthy I can get my hands on, the next day eating everything sweet and fat-filled I can get my mouth on.
Yes, I like the idea of becoming more consistent: spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally.
To keep up with prayer, study and meditation on spiritual things on a daily basis.
To keep my equanimity more, not letting things ‘get to me’ emotionally, draining me, pulling me down as they can do sometimes. Controlling the ‘highs’ as well as the ‘lows’ in order not to get carried away with my passions and enthusiasms to the detriment of my health.
To be more regular, more consistent, with exercising and healthy eating. Oh, dear, did I really say that out loud? That means I’m probably going to have to carry through on it, doesn’t it?
To write every day, doing research diligently, keeping my mind healthy and alert. Ah! This is where the real fun comes in, the real challenge. The fun being the writing, which I love, the challenge being keeping my mind healthy and alert. Think I’m battling against the pull of the years that have already passed with this one!
But, yes, overall, consistency … I like that. That’s what I’m going to strive for.
My One Word for 2014 was CONSISTENCY.
Okay, so it’s fess-up time! Did I manage to achieve CONSISTENCY in my life during 2014? Er … no, not really. Perhaps a little better than before, but not a lot. I did try … I do try … but consistency just isn’t me, I’m afraid. By nature, I’m a bit random, scatter-brained, my attention flits from this to that and back again in the time it takes me to write a sentence or two. Oh, it might be nice to be more consistent in many aspects of my life, and I still strive for that, but I don’t think I can be consistent across the board. It just isn’t me.
I’ll keep trying, but I’m going to apply another word to my efforts.
Zenobia Southcombe, who reminded me of this concept, has chosen her One Word, and I like it so much I think I’ll adopt it too.
So there, I have decided, my One Word for 2016 is going to be SPARKLE.
I think I can do that.
I love anything sparkly. By nature, I’m an upbeat, optimistic sort of person. Yet life and circumstances can get me down and I can seem anything but upbeat and optimistic sometimes, so that’s why I think I’ll choose SPARKLE.
If I keep that One Word front and centre in my life this year, perhaps my true nature could shine through the difficult times more readily. If I could add a little SPARKLE to everything I do, do it with a lighter touch, a lighter spirit, a brighter word, a cheerful attitude, perhaps I could add some SPARKLE to the life of those around me, help them feel better in the tough times too.
What about you?
If you were to choose one word to keep in focus for 2016, what would it be? or …
What will it be?
Your One Word?
Do, please, share your One Word in the comments.
Why did you choose that One Word?
Christine Campbell, author and blogger.
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