Sunday, January 1, 2012

365 days in a word...


Happy New Year!!!

So, what resolutions have you made or broken yet?  You know, it IS already twelve hours into the new year…Actually, I don’t believe in setting myself up for failure so NO! I have made no resolutions nor do I intend to create any.

On the other hand, I did hear from a blogger friend, Peggy K who offered a suggestion that actually sounded like a grand substitute. She mulls over her life and comes up with a word, or sometimes one comes upon her that she can live by for the year such as ‘Simplify’ or ‘Gratitude’.
That proposition sounded feasible to me, so for the past 24 hours I have been trying to ponder a satisfactory word—

Ummm, let’s see, ‘Thrifty’ …nah… sounds too cheap!
‘Gratitude?’ well, truth be told, I don’t lack in that department.
How about ‘Giving’? I would kinda like to think I do that already-what do you think?
‘Practical’? No, actually the opposite might be a better fit! At times I’m too sensible for my own good.
‘Helpful’? ‘Sensitive’? ‘Responsible’?
Well, after much deliberation I actually think the word ‘present’ as in to (be) present in what it is I’m doing. At times as a result of the many obligations, demands and expectations life throws at me I’m not focused on the moment.  Or just as bad, I’m wondering what else it is I should be doing or what else is next on my list to do…So YES, my word for this year is to (be) present…now I need to go write it throughout my house!

Happy New Year my friends!
...and whatever journey 2012 takes you on
let it be full of promise, hope and love.

30 comments:

Out on the prairie said...

I good study to work at centering our thoughts to improve our life.

Judy (kenju) said...

I never make resolutions; that way I don't fret over breaking any. Happy New Year!

Marydon said...

Fr. Jason told us at Mass this morn to use the word 'give/giving' ... that mens I have to find even more 'givings' than I already do.

May the New Year bring many more joys & blessings.

TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

Susie Swanson said...

No resolutions for me.. Happy New Year..Susie

Sylvia K said...

I learned a long time ago that the best thing I can try to accomplish every day of every year is to "be present in the moment"! Sounds so simple, doesn't it?? Well, it isn't, but I'm still trying anyway! Hope your year is off to a great start! Enjoy!

Sylvia

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I like it!!


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TexWisGirl said...

very nice, tracy! another blogger that chooses a word every year has chosen hers as 'reach'. :)

Berts Blog said...

Love your photo of 2011 being washed away in the tide.

NCmountainwoman said this the other day. It is my pledge for this year.

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure."


Bert

Mamma has spoken said...

I don't do either :o( It's not that I don't try. Each year I think about resolutions, words to live by and each year I draw a blank. Not because I'm perfect, quite the opposite. I get to thinking of all the things I need to improve on and become overwhelmed to the point that I just throw up my hands and forget about it.
Happy New Year to you Tracey!

Catherine said...

I don't make New Years resolutions but I do have a word picked out for myself that I hinted at today but will be sharing later this week. I like the words you have been thinking about!

Wishing you a beautiful New Years!
xo Catherine

Kay Dennison said...

I don't make resolutions -- it depresses me when I break them and I don't need anymore of that!

Corine said...

Ah, to live in the now! I participated in a Circle Journal that had an entry with that theme; IT WAS SO GOOD FOR ME and actually got me started learning to live in the now. You just have to read my journal entry; I think you will enjoy doing the assignment that I did with this book. It was amazing! :) Here is the link incase you are interested:
http://corinesmiles.blogspot.com/2010/10/now.html
Actually, I wrote two, so here is the link to the other one too:
http://corinesmiles.blogspot.com/2010/10/now_31.html
This may not be exactly what you have in mind, but you may still like the project idea...

Corine said...

PS. I LOVE the word idea! I'm adding that to my short list of New Years traditions! Thanks! :D

Myne Whitman said...

Happy New year!

ShirleyC said...

That's a good word. I saw the suggestion of using one word on Mosaic Magpie, so I decided to follow along.
I don't make resolutions either.

BragonDorn said...

Happy new year to you too friend! Great story!

Arkansas Patti said...

All great choices, "present" is a dandy.
I no longer make New Years resolutions that are overwhelming with the 365 day time stretch. Instead, I am making "one day" ones and if I am successful, then it will get renewed it for the next day.
I do better with small bites. If only I ate that way.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I like the idea of a one word theme for 2012. Let's see -- mine will be de-clutter! Haha! That's funny.

Happy Days said...

I have made no resolutions YET. But I do know one of them will be to get back on my exercise program. Will have to cogitate on any others! lol...debbie

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I like these thoughts with gratitude, giving, practical, responsible

Peggy K said...

I LOVE that word!! Funny, I was reading some blogs yesterday and I realized that there was a time when I was more mindful and because of it, I had more peace in my life. Things didn't rattle me as much. And it's all about being present in whatever situation you are in.
GREAT word!!

Rita said...

Love coming to visit you; wishing you a great year Tracy. Thank you trying my recipe with pork; you can be sure I will be trying it full.
Rita

Lin said...

Oh, I like the one-word concept! I'm going with "thoughtful"--as in I need to be thoughtful in my words before I speak them, thoughtful in my actions before I take them, and thoughtful of those around me at all times.

I wish you the very best in 2012, Tracy. And always. :)

LTM said...

ooo... that's a fun twist on the resolution tradition. I don't do resolutions either, but I think this is fun. So I'll try it. Now to think of a word...

Start? :D Happy New Year!

Jules said...

One word, just one? Since you took "present," I'll take "my." As in my year, my time and my little light is going to shine!

Which text is not changing?
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Kari in Vegas said...

Happy New Year

Stop on by for a visit
Kari
dogisgodinreverse.com

Deborah said...

What a wonderful idea, I can so relate to being mindful of being 'present'.

I shall do some mulling myself now :o)

Wishing you and your lovely family a wonderful new year x

Linda Myers said...

I spent 6 days with my 11-year-old granddaughters. I was entirely in the moment most of the time. It was delightful, though exhausting.

Almost impossible for me to stay in the moment, for some reason.

Patty Ann said...

Love your word! I did the single word last year and totally loved it. I actually feel like it makes a big difference for me. My word this year is Surrender, as in Surrender to Him, to His plan, to trust that it will work out. I think Present is a great choice. Something that I just might need to do myself!!!

Geri Centonze said...

Just visiting your blog - love the articles by Angel the Cat! If you'd like to link this blog post in over at my blog, I have a Word for 2012 blog hop .