Tuesday, February 4, 2014

O N E | W O R D

I have heard in recent days of people choosing O N E   W O R D that they hope to use + define all 3 6 5 days of this year 2014 . 

One gal I read of would throw a number of potential words into a jar, then rummage through them over + over until she came up with her O N E word that she would work towards achieving + living out in the new year . 

Others knew exactly, upon that stroke of midnight on January 1 , what word they desperately needed, wanted, hoped + wished for - to be their word of this year . 

I thought about it momentarily just over a month ago, but never defined O N E  W O R D for my own self . 

I can hardly decide on O N E pair of shoes to wear each day, or O N E meal to make for dinner on a given evening, O N E shade of lipstick for a night out, or O N E song to start off a shower serenade . 

How would I choose O N E word for an entire year ? I asked myself . 


I am more of a little.bit.of.this + little.bit.of.that sort of gal + I tend to make my own life just a little more complicated because of it . Sure, mixing + matching priorities may be great, but not entirely effective in living life day to day .  

That's always been my weakness . 

Putting a little energy into something, while simultaneously putting a little energy into a hundred other little things + seeing little to no growth in any one area because all my energy is spread too thin . Also sometimes pouring much energy into one thing + running out of time + motivation to put energy into other parts of my life . 

Overthinking . Overdoing . Unbalanced . Misguided . 

It may have been easier for me t think of ten words or five words to define this year . Overthink it once again . 
A nice solid numbered list to strive towards . To try to check off one by one, day by day . 
I like to think big . 
But it would never last . 

And today, O N E word came to me . 
So, one month + 4 days in , I have O N E word . O N E thing I will be striving towards this year . O N E encompassing noun that will define my days . 



A noun . 
A strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound . 

Synonyms include P A T T E R N | F L O W | T E M P O .

This year of 2 0 1 4 , I want to be working towards having in my day to day ; knowing what is important + what is not important + making strong, regular, repeated patterns of practicing the things worth practicing .  


is something I am working towards  . 
Knowing limits . 
Not always trying to fit too many beats into one measure .  

Havingis noticeable . 

It can be recognized if someone hasor if they do not . 


A song is more enjoyable to play + to listen to when there is a defined
When the beats, the sounds, the movement of what is being played follows a strong, regular, repeated pattern . 

does not make a song dull + predictable because of the expectancy that may occur in repeated patterns, but it does make it something to be sung along with . 

A life within the same way , should not become mundane due to regularity, but the familiarity of theshould bring about joy + a deepened understanding + growth + sustainability . 
A life withis one that others can follow along with as well ; A life in which the tasks + happening of utmost importance are consistently prioritized + made habit time after time after time . 

Withcomes intention + an underlying knowledge + a motivation to keep it going . 

So much of what I want to see + know + become + do in this coming year can only happen with
Creatingin my life . 

Creating a strong, regular, repeated pattern of movements + sounds . 
In what I say + do + think + feel . 
Predictability with purpose . 


encompasses so much . 

Andis progressive . 
I am just starting .

Thethat a new babe brings into your life . Day + night . 
Thethat a new job brings along . 
Thethat comes of time with friends

+ F A M I L Y 
+ N E I G H B O R S 
+ P A S S I O N S 
+ O B L I G A T I O N S 
+ T H O U G H T S 
+ F E E L I N G S
+ A  H O M E
+ A  C I T Y 
+ A L L  T H E  W O R L D  A R O U N D  M E .

Theof life that progressively becomes clear . 

Like when a song begins + you squint your eyes + listen for a moment, taking in each beat + the music's flow + the tempo , in time, determining what theis . 

And once theis there, it is hard to stop the beat . 

Like the ticks of the hand on the clock . One tick after another . Consistent . 

So , here is to my O N E  W O R D .
This year's emblem . 
Chorus . 
Here is to keeping the beat alive in my life . 
Steadily . Fast or slow . 
But all with O N E thing : 

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