Word of the Year

There appears to be a trend for people to choose a word of the year. A personal word that has meaning for themselves. This idea intrigued me.

As I mentioned in my disappearing post [another story for another day] I am anticipating a great adventure in the near future. Whether that comes to pass or not I am in the mood to reduce. With that on my brain, I thought maybe my word of the year could be “reduce”. In talking about this with my very smart sister (well, one of them), she suggested another word; a word that has more than one meaning. My intention to reduce (clutter, weight, stress, etc.) is definitely a positive thing, however the word itself carries a negative connotation~especially in our consumer driven, materialistic world.

I want to carry into this year a word that will not be burdensome, but that will give inspiration; not just to me, but to those around me.

photo credit Zhenya S

photo credit Zhenya S

What is that word?

Lighten

A few of the definitions of lighten are:

to relieve of a burden in whole or in part  
to reduce in weight or quantity  
to make less wearisome
to become less burdensome
to become more cheerful
to shine brightly
These are the characteristics I wish to portray in 2014
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My New Year’s Intention . . . One of them, anyway

It has been a while since I’ve written anything. And while January 1st is the day that many people commit to new habits that are generally short lived; and while I typically choose not to start things on January 1st here we are.

What makes this different? We will have to wait and see. I am anticipating a major adventure in my life this year, one that if it happens, I would like to record.

So we’ll consider this practice.

This is not a commitment to be perfect . . . I’ve already failed that. This is a decision to be more intentional.