12 February 2010

My Word For 2010

A few years ago I discovered blogger Christine Kane. She was writing about a different way to approach the New Year and all the destined-to-be-broken resolutions that often accompany it. I haven’t made resolutions in years – maybe decades! – but I can’t help but look at a birthday as a time to start new things, to reevaluate my goals and desires, and to contemplate those things I’d like to change.

The first year that I read Christine’s essay, I chose a word – GRATITUDE. Last year, I didn’t even think of the process, although I like the idea. This year, I ran across Christine’s blog again and have been thinking about my word for 2010 for several weeks now.

The first word that came to mind was EMERGE, inspired by an essay by Karen Wallace, who actually chose it as her word for 2009. EMERGE felt good and right as I sat with it. This coming year, I hope to more fully EMERGE into my own life and out of the shadows I’ve been living in for so long. I have big plans for expressing myself more vividly in my life.

I don’t want to change so much as I want to be fully present in my life. For the most part, I’m pretty happy with my life and who I am. I have a great marriage, a good family, some really wonderful friends – and of course, The Kitties Two, who bring so much joy into my life.

Although I briefly considered other words (THRIVE and AUTHENTICITY) I am most comfortable with the idea that what I want is to EMERGE. I sometimes feel as though it's all right there, just waiting for me to show up.

This year, I will.

What’s your word for 2010?


Karen said...


Congratulations on 'Emerge' choosing you as its recipient for your year of coming out into the sunlight! It's a very powerful word, and I can see that it has chosen well.

It IS all right there waiting for you to show up! Go for it! I will come back to see the more vivid you emerging...

My word this year is GLOW... and it's already challenging me in ways I didn't expect!

Anonymous said...

I can see you emerging already!
I don't have a word, and if I did it wouldn't be something so grandiose and wonderful. I am more leaning toward "endure". or "trust". and "hope" is too optimistic for me right now... I have unofficially had the word "miserable" in 2009, I think, or "hanging-on-by-fingernails" so I guess anything would be up from that! (yes, I cheated by hyphenating those words, but I guess it has to be one word so I tried to make it one!) Anyway, I want you to know that You have been a help to me in keeping me from falling, and I thank you.

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