Tuesday, December 17, 2013

One word.

Those of you who have followed my blog for more than a year will be familiar with my annual tradition of choosing a single word, as my annual resolution, rather than making a list.

This will be my seventh year in a row of choosing and declaring a word to guide my year, so I think I can accurately call it a tradition.

The idea came from Christine Kane, whose blog I visited many years ago. Essentially, she believes that long lists of resolutions frequently fail because they are too many and varied, but that a single word could guide our success and our growth in every area of our lives, because of its simplicity, and the ease with which one can return to a single word for inspiration, guidance and power.

My words have chosen me as much as I have chosen them these past six years. I don't know how to describe this, but somehow, a word will seem to appear, almost like a theme for me... in the articles I read, in the art I make, in converations I have, and I just know.

These have been my words for the past six years...

For 2014, my word is both the most simple and the most complex. The one about which songs and poems and novels are written. The four letter word we all need and want to give and receive.

love ...  it is the essence of everything, really. Self respect is love. Caring for the earth is love. Committing fully to one's purpose is a form of love. Babies and children are love, of course -- and dogs, for sure. Our families, our jobs and homes, our communities. The world we live in and the one we create for ourselves will always reflect the love we give to everyone and everything.

So there it is.

I wish you love.


Peggy Beck said...

I think this word "love" for you will be easy because it's what you radiate. Along with all those other adjectives you mentioned. Love always comes out on top for you Kerri. I hope "love" will be your experience in 2014 and forever as I'm sure it will.

Marilyn J. Rock said...

I believe, whole-heartedly, in your chosen 2014 word!

LOVE you! M xo

Createology said...

Love is the key to everything good and lasting. Love to you my friend. I believe in the power of selecting a word for guidance and I have been researching mine for some time now. Magic served me well this past year. Merry Christmas Peace, Joy and Love Dear...

fran pascazio said...

Love is a wonderful, but challenging, word for you in 2014…I think you'll do fine with it, however. I enjoy picking a word for the year as well….the year after I retired it was control, last year it was organize and I have yet decided on a word for 2014….I just may have to repeat "organize"! Is that even allowed?