Tuesday, January 12, 2010

One Word

As I have said more than once in the last couple of weeks, I am not really one for New Year Resolutions. But then I came across a different way of marking the start of a new year. Instead of making resolutions that tell you to 'DO' things, pick a word that would guide you through the year. A word that describes who you want to 'BE', and which therefore guides how you act.

It definitely made a lot of sense to me. But for the longest time, I could not come up with a single word that could be my touchstone during Twenty Ten. I despaired of ever finding that one word, so blogged about I would wish for during the year.

And then, out of nowhere, the word presented itself to me. The word that would get me to where I want to be in Twenty Ten and beyond. And the word is - "DO".

Too often, we shy away from doing things because we start thinking about consequences - "If I do This, I will most probably end up with That, and since I don't want That, let me not attempt This." We don't take on challenges because, in our wisdom, we decide we will not be able to meet them. We do not 'Do' because we get bogged down by all the reasons why we did not 'Do' in the past, and the reasons why we should not 'Do' in future. While all we really have to do is to just 'Do' it in the present.

So, that is my one word for the year - 'DO'. I do hope it gets me to where I want to be, which is not too far from where I am right now, but with a few additions.

5 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I like this idea~! And I like your word.

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder
Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen

Watery Tart said...

Very good! It encompasses just about everything, doesn't it? Just so long as doing your edits on your novel is on your list because I want to read it, I'm happy...

Doli said...

Strange that in my yoga class, yesterday we had to pick a stone with words which describe us and I picked up "Dream". That was to be our intention for the day :) Same idea as yours!

Jan Morrison said...

I like 'do' and 'be' and 'dream'. I think mine will be 'move' but not the kind with boxes and so forth - just move my body, my mind - stay moving and thinking and feeling.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Elizabeth - it is a lovely idea, isn't it?

@ Tami - yes it does. How could it not, when the purpose of the word is to spur me to always choose action over inaction

@ Doli - Dream is a lovely word too. Though I am not sure I would like to spend a whole year doing that. A week, definitely, because unless you dream, there is no point to your do.

@ Jan - 'move' is a lovely word too. It would remind you not to stay in one place, and to keep thinking new thoughts and doing new things.

What is strange, is how interconnected all our words are.

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