My choices for the last few years can be found HERE
Most often I have made, or had made for me, a visual representation of the word which I put in a highly visible spot to be my fairly constant reminder to live out the word.
Lovers of irony will enjoy the fact that for last years word "witness" I did not make any such visible sign to witness! Ha! I am not unhappy with how I managed to live in "witness" to others, to my own life, in my faith... But I could have used a visual reminder from time to time.
Sometimes the word is hard to settle on and other times it is just there waiting to be given a chance to light the way.
This year it was somewhere in the middle.
I went around it a few times.
But I kept being drawn back to it.
In this 6th edition of One Little Word I have chosen the word COURAGE
It seems somewhat unoriginal given the hours I have spent in the company of some great women writers this past year who all have shone a spotlight on the critical importance of COURAGE in living an authentic, creative, vulnerable life. As a wife, a mother, a daughter, sister, friend, leader, activist, visionary.
I hesitate to put myself out there in pursuit of living a courageous life but I am also increasingly dissatisfied with anything less.
I am tired of second guessing myself based on what others may or may not think/like/approve of.
I am done with settling for my current way of being / living / leading as being the only way.
I am out of energy for the endless internal discourse of anxiety and "not good enough".
I am tired of silencing my truth for the comfort of others.
Am I ready to live with COURAGE?
I sure hope so. I will lean on the greatness of Glennon Doyle, Brene Brown , Elizabeth Gilbert and Shonda Rhimes and stand on their shoulders and act courageous until I am actually courageous.
This is no small thing. But the time is right for me. This is the year to have COURAGE.
Now to make myself a visual reminder so I don't chicken out of this tomorrow!