...can make a big difference.
I have been choosing One Little Word (thanks again to Ali Edwards for hosting/initiating this ritual!!) for a few years now. The process of choosing a word to really define what I want an entire year to be begins early for me. I really start thinking about it around November. The notion just lingers in my mind. I don't concentrate or read the dictionary or anything, I just put the idea in there. In the past that is all I have had to do: plant the idea of "One Little Word" and then as I go about my daily life, reading, laundry, work and everything in between, a little word will stick. It resounds. It makes itself present. Once this persistent little word has presented itself a few times I know that I have my word for the year. Done.
This year there was no appearance by just one little word. December 31st was fast approaching and I had not put any effort into my word. I began to fret. Before fret turned into disappointment and disappointment turned into quitting, I began to think purposefully. I did not make any goals/resolutions for this year. I did not have a plan for this year. I don't even have a list of things or projects I want to accomplish this year. All of these things I usually have in hand and know by heart on January 1, you see. In thinking about 2011, with no clear or defined image of what I want for this year, I focused on what I want and need most in my life. I did this very selfishly. I thought about me. I considered my needs. The recurring theme in all of my wants and needs came down to my faith. I love this word. I love what it means. I love that just 5 little letters is representative of such a huge part of my existence. We all have faith of some sort, right? I think so. So this very little word is so very gigantic and I love knowing that throughout 2011 it will make an appearance in my days. Sometimes in very small ways and sometimes in very big ways. I love the prospects of approaching 2011 with this one little word. I can see so many opportunities with this word. In short, I'm excited!