Meandering through the interwebs, I came across Ally Bean’s post on her one word of the year and I wondered: Should I have a word of the year? And if I did, what would it be?
It took some thinking, but not a lot. The first word I thought of was grow both because I value personal growth and because I literally want to grow a lot of plants this year.
But if I’m just on the couch and I think of the word grow, it doesn’t tell me what I’m supposed to do in that moment. I want to grow this year, and I sure I will. But I don’t yet know know much or in what direction I need to grow; in this way, I’m like a plant that grows toward the sunlight and resources that are available in my environment. I’m opportunistic in my growth.
So I thought more about how I might personally need to grow this year and came up with a better word that I’ll use for this year: appreciate.
Appreciate (v):Cambridge English Dictionary
to be aware of something, or to understand that something is valuable
I like it because it brings together the ideas of mindfulness and gratitude, but happily without the annoying trendiness that those two words have these days. Appreciation feels simpler, a lower bar that means just being a tad more aware.
I like that it tells me what to do in a particular moment, to basically take a second and stop and smell the roses.
What do you think of this whole #oneword idea? Do you have one?