Wednesday, January 5, 2011

My 2011 Word of the Year


I mentioned a few posts back that I was listening to the radio the other day, and one of the announcers suggested having a word of the year instead of making resolutions.  I was really inspired by that and have been thinking for well over a week what my word will be.  I like the idea of having an overarching principle, if you will, for the year instead of trying to keep often arbitrary resolutions and then feeling guilty about it when I don't.



So, in lieu of resolutions, my word for 2011 is going to be GIVE.

I'm not exactly why this is the word that just keeps coming back to me over and over.  This was the first word that came into my mind when I heard the suggestions on the radio, and even when I tried other words, none of them felt like the right one.  I am a very firm believer that God gives us creative seeds and ideas, and, while they don't really come in a loud booming God-like voice, when they come, even as a passing thought, I try to listen.

So what will give mean for me this year?  There are many, many definitions of give.  It can be in the form of material things, like giving someone a present.  You can give someone your time.  You can give them your heart and soul.  You can give the benefit of the doubt.  You can give understanding and compassion.  You can give a smile or a hug.  You can give something up.  You can give someone your ear.  You can give someone encouragement.  You can give back. There are so many possibilities when it comes to giving, and I am not going to limit myself to any one.

I also like the word giving, because it means you are in the act.  Always giving, always looking for ways to give, always thinking about giving.

There are some areas that will be harder than others for me, for sure.  But over and over, the thought of giving all of these things this year is what is resonating with me over any other word, and I've already started my year of giving.  While I'm not going to blog about my specific ways of giving, per se, because I feel that kind of defeats the purpose since it's not really about me at all, let me just say, in the few days I've tried to give first, I have really noticed a difference in my overall perspective.  I am just more joyful, and I love it!

Khalil Gibran

What are some ways you would like to give this year?

14 comments :

  1. Good word, I love your thoughts about it and how you can make giving just a part of your life in so many ways.

    Also, awesome picture.

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  2. Great post. I am going to continue giving my time to the local school and to our swim club. Money is great but time is fantastic.

    I am going to steal this idea and pick a word of the year.

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  3. Kelly, it never ceases to amaze me how often we are on the same page. I have struggled a bit with my goals for the year and have been thinking that one of main objectives may simply be to actively support others (and a couple folks in particular) achieve their goals. Great idea and post! Best of luck in 2011!

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  4. You inspired me a couple of weeks ago to come up with a word...just as you have inspired me to think more positively about my swimming. Giving is something you seem to do effortlessly and in a very genuine way. Love your word.

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  5. LOVE your word. I might just have to steal it as it sounds like the perfect thing to work on!

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  6. Very nice Kelly! Reminds me of a Winston Churchill quote I heard YEARS ago (paraphrase): "You make a living by what you get but can make a life by what you give."

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  7. Great word Kelly! Most people wouldn't think of it, yet it's so important beyond the typical material things! Keep us updated on things! I'm still working on my word.

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  8. That is simply the perfect word for you!!

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  9. First, thanks so much for becoming one of my blog followers!

    Second, what a great way to tackle the year. I wish you the best of luck!

    Happy New Year!

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  10. What a great word!!! I love the idea of focusing on a word too!

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  11. Thought provoking! I too have begun acting on my word as of Sunday: Thankful. What a difference it alone has made in my heart and the way I feel since then. Joy unspeakable for sure! Out of that abundance, I'm sure giving will be a more natural act! Funny how all that works, right?

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  12. From what I know of you, you are always present in what you are doing: music, parenting, teaching, talking with people. Being present is a special way of giving of yourself. (and present is a neat play on words with give!)

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  13. Kelly, thank you so much. What a beautiful sentiment and so needed this very moment.

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