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In years past, I’ve sometimes made New Year’s resolutions and sometimes not; but as noble as the idea sounds, I’ve always felt they are rather pointless because they just wind up being a source of disappointment by highlighting a person’s shortcomings in the end.
I found this article about skipping New Year’s resolutions and simply choosing a word for the coming year. It can be anything – noun, verb, adjective – just one word.
I have to say I really like this idea – it’s the opposite of depressing!
I think picking a word for the year could be an optimistic, uplifting, encouraging, inspiring, and (dare I hope?) motivating thing. All the things that people wish for in a resolution.
I cannot fail at a word because it’s just a word.
A word can have multiple meanings, and allow for more thinking outside the box, compared to a resolution.
It could be fun to discover new ways to define a word in relation to your everyday life.
After much pondering, I have chosen a verb as my word, mainly because I feel the need to be active somehow. My word for 2013 is Create. It has a number of meanings and its origin (creatus) is related to the word crescere which means “arise, grow”.
I’m sure I will become aware of many ways Create applies to my life during my daily routine throughout the coming year. I can’t fall short and I won’t forget my word by the middle of February. =)
Feel free to join me in choosing a word for 2013, whether it’s Create or another word that speaks to you. (And if you do, please share your word in the comments!)
Happy New Year!