I first heard of the one-word concept last year just before New Year’s. Choosing a word to focus on for the year—rather than, say, making resolutions—seemed…profound. Inspiring. Bigger than my humble desires to eat better or exercise more or whatever other banal goal I thought might make life better.
I pondered for a while, chose a word, then rejected it. Eventually I landed on a word (or it landed on me, actually) and that was that.
As I think I’ve mentioned before, my word for 2011 was SEEK. I had no idea why that was the word when the year started but, if you’ve been following along, it’s become clear that “seek” was exactly the right word for me last year.
I heard a bunch of suggestions for ways to continue to be mindful of the word, but the thing I found worked best was to use it, or a form of it, in passwords. (Dear Hackers, it was for things not requiring significant security and all passwords have since been changed. Don’t get any ideas.)
I didn’t do much else to actively seek ways to figure out what I was seeking. It just sort of happened. And it led me where I need to be.
And now it’s 2012 and I’d like to choose another word. But I’m stuck. Last year’s word was so perfect I’m afraid I couldn’t possibly choose the right word again.
So…help. Have you chosen a word for the year? Tell me what it was and why you chose it (or link me to your blog post if you wrote about it). I need inspiration!