Thursday, December 1, 2011

Words....


Words....

Since 2007 I've picked one word - yes, I'm wordy so I  usually end up with two words every year - that help define who I am and the journey I'm on, during that particular time period. The words from the past include

2007 - Wonder & Seek
2008 - Simplicity & Joy
2009 - Dream & Hope
2010 - Half-Full & See
2011 - New & Renew

Sometimes a word "jumps" out at me, like "See" did, after reading Mary Beth Chapman's memoir Choosing To See. Others come through gentle (ok, sometimes not so gentle) nudges from God.

Each of the words, in their own way, have helped me focus on a specific lesson that I needed to learn.

It's funny though, some of the words - from past years - continue to pop up and remind me that just because they are an "old" word, doesn't mean they can't play a role in my life.

I've already begun to ponder what word will help me start 2012. I haven't made a final decision - oh I've tossed around a few words - but honestly, one hasn't "grabbed" me quite yet and said "start the journey with me."

So, if I asked you what word you might pick to describe your life right now, what might it be?

I posed that question to friends on Facebook, and the responses so far includes: "blessed," "thankful" and "magical."

It's kinda fun to watch the words come in and see who picks what - because they all kind of "speak" about who the person in, and things that have been going on in their lives.

One word can say a lot.

So, thanks to a couple of sources - and my old trusty thesaurus - I've come up with a list of words (pictured above as a wordle, and below as a random list.)

As a challenge to myself (and because Reverb11 isn't happening this year), I'm going to spend the next month looking at a few words - and use them to help "wrap up" 2011. I also hope it challenges my brain and helps me discover my word for 2012.

So, beginning tomorrow, I'll start "listening" to what these words have to say.

Who knows what lessons I might learn. I'm hoping it helps "renew" my spirit and help me finish 2011 with a bang!

There were 460 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Listen
  2. Notice
  3. True
  4. Less
  5. Unleashed
  6. Keep
  7. Abundance
  8. Improve
  9. Satisfy
  10. Journey
  11. Capable
  12. Wisdom
  13. Little
  14. Perceive
  15. Acceptance
  16. Enjoy
  17. Choice
  18. No
  19. Step
  20. Observe
  21. Marathon
  22. Stewardship
  23. Endure
  24. Enrich
  25. Moderation
  26. Joy
  27. Evanescence
  28. Determined
  29. Complete
  30. Choices
  31. Nurture
  32. Shine
  33. Best
  34. Embrace
  35. Rhythm
  36. Gratitude
  37. Happiness
  38. Share
  39. Savor
  40. Tenacity
  41. Fun
  42. Completion
  43. Love
  44. Rescue
  45. Bold
  46. Routine
  47. Refine
  48. Promise
  49. Manifest
  50. Prayer
  51. Choose
  52. Imagine
  53. Sustain
  54. Possibilities
  55. Preservation
  56. Produce
  57. New
  58. Integrate
  59. Inspire
  60. Technology
  61. Nest
  62. Creativity
  63. Breathe
  64. Altered
  65. Athlete
  66. Temple
  67. Tribe
  68. Soar
  69. Whole
  70. Challenge
  71. Go
  72. Decide
  73. Delight
  74. Preserve
  75. Exemplify
  76. More
  77. Motivate
  78. Seriously
  79. Memory
  80. Revive
  81. Clean
  82. Victory
  83. Restore
  84. Soul
  85. Synergy
  86. Risk
  87. Declutter
  88. Believe
  89. From
  90. Recharge
  91. Goodness
  92. Gift
  93. Strive
  94. Invigorate
  95. Brave
  96. Incarnational
  97. Unburden
  98. Devotion
  99. Manage
  100. Accomplish
  101. Radical
  102. Discovery
  103. One
  104. Intentional
  105. Rebuild
  106. Movement
  107. Wholehearted
  108. Grow
  109. Babysteps
  110. Push
  111. Try
  112. Action
  113. Verb
  114. Serve
  115. Faith
  116. Steady
  117. Flourish
  118. Capture
  119. Discipline
  120. Openness
  121. Forgive
  122. Moxie
  123. Full
  124. Reunion
  125. Prosperity
  126. Green
  127. Cliffjumper
  128. Return
  129. Here
  130. Self-Control
  131. Awake
  132. Think
  133. Charity
  134. Remade
  135. Art
  136. Servant
  137. If
  138. Stillness
  139. Allow
  140. Experience
  141. Humble
  142. Esteem
  143. Raise
  144. Dream
  145. Fly
  146. Faithful
  147. Mountain
  148. Execute
  149. Finish
  150. Vibrant
  151. Discover
  152. Surrender
  153. Clear
  154. Fundamental
  155. Serendipity
  156. Nudge
  157. Journal
  158. Energy
  159. Thrifty
  160. Crescendo
  161. Focus
  162. Passion
  163. Self-evolution
  164. Freedom
  165. Stabilize
  166. Develop
  167. Thankful
  168. Encourage
  169. Trust
  170. See
  171. Involved
  172. Make
  173. Write
  174. Patience
  175. Active
  176. Light
  177. Seek
  178. Should
  179. Home
  180. Moment
  181. Good
  182. Calm
  183. Present
  184. Motivation
  185. Cherish
  186. Comfort
  187. Fit
  188. Purposeful
  189. Abide
  190. Alive
  191. Open
  192. Act
  193. Rejoice
  194. invincible
  195. Plan
  196. Positive
  197. Hope
  198. Perspective
  199. Roots
  200. Organization
  201. Eucharisteo
  202. Rejuvenate
  203. Sensitive
  204. Educate
  205. Strength
  206. Liberating
  207. Verve
  208. Funny
  209. Badassery
  210. Why
  211. Magic
  212. Reform
  213. Transform
  214. Family
  215. Harmony
  216. Wait
  217. Balance
  218. Quench
  219. Mindfulness
  220. Excel
  221. Give
  222. Travel
  223. Prepare
  224. Connection
  225. Healthy
  226. Reflection
  227. Tranquil
  228. Realize
  229. Resolve
  230. Walk
  231. Gone
  232. Place
  233. Emerge
  234. Stretch
  235. Celebrate
  236. My
  237. Consistency
  238. Belonging
  239. Express
  240. Mindful
  241. Find
  242. Consistent
  243. Loving
  244. Authenticity
  245. Own
  246. Sacrament
  247. Basic
  248. Order
  249. Two
  250. Responsibility
  251. Untethered
  252. Attitude
  253. Accept
  254. Learn
  255. Lighten
  256. Direction
  257. Warrior
  258. Pure
  259. Pause
  260. Re
  261. Practice
  262. Apply
  263. Live
  264. Established
  265. Courageous
  266. Frugal
  267. Care
  268. Fearless
  269. Recover
  270. Heal
  271. Living
  272. Groovy
  273. Opportunity
  274. Fresh
  275. Take
  276. Beloved
  277. Health
  278. Community
  279. Friendship
  280. Release
  281. Real
  282. Bounce
  283. Reduce
  284. Cleanse
  285. Well
  286. Forward
  287. Determination
  288. Strong
  289. Proactive
  290. Recommit
  291. Merry
  292. Courage
  293. Remember
  294. Diligence
  295. Wonder
  296. Daily
  297. Appreciate
  298. Detail
  299. Achieve
  300. Engage
  301. Feast
  302. Lose
  303. Normal
  304. Commit
  305. Become
  306. Firework
  307. Simplify
  308. Social
  309. Zen
  310. Can
  311. Organize
  312. Faithfulness
  313. Miracle
  314. Slow
  315. Explore
  316. Plant
  317. Inspiration
  318. Revolution
  319. Luck
  320. Anyway
  321. Time
  322. Story
  323. Conquer
  324. Relish
  325. Relationship
  326. Power
  327. Persistent
  328. Still
  329. Change
  330. Peace
  331. Prioritize
  332. Space
  333. Intention
  334. Fruition
  335. Happy
  336. Soak In
  337. Beauty
  338. Pursue
  339. Blessing
  340. Me
  341. Value
  342. Dabble
  343. Kind
  344. Vision
  345. Blessed
  346. Transformation
  347. Commitment
  348. Prosperous
  349. Do
  350. Frolic
  351. Comfortable
  352. Purpose
  353. Build
  354. Grace
  355. Chef
  356. Invest
  357. Content
  358. Reflect
  359. Evolve
  360. Spontaneity
  361. Bliss
  362. Ready
  363. Better
  364. Pleasure
  365. Teach
  366. Sail
  367. Heart
  368. Achievement
  369. Vitality
  370. Stop
  371. Excitement
  372. Confidence
  373. Compassion
  374. Thrive
  375. Devote
  376. Strengthen
  377. Sweet
  378. Magical
  379. Persevere
  380. Illuminate
  381. Refresh
  382. Laugh
  383. Participate
  384. Enough
  385. Breath
  386. Create
  387. Perceptive
  388. Rediscover
  389. Initiate
  390. Perfect
  391. Aware
  392. Bloom
  393. Favorites
  394. Nourish
  395. Renaissance
  396. Growth
  397. Succeed
  398. Together
  399. Momentum
  400. Renew
  401. Lead
  402. Willingness
  403. Today
  404. Automatic
  405. Edit
  406. Free
  407. Competent
  408. Extra
  409. Receive
  410. Be
  411. Yes
  412. Solace
  413. Welcome
  414. Start
  415. Relax
  416. Simplicity
  417. Treasure
  418. Dance
  419. Begin
  420. Deliberate
  421. Chance
  422. Pray
  423. Now
  424. Leap
  425. Float
  426. Touch
  427. Ignite
  428. Dare
  429. Reconnect
  430. Colorful
  431. Smile
  432. Shift
  433. Follow
  434. Control
  435. Relinquish
  436. Simple
  437. Serenity
  438. Clarity
  439. Connect
  440. Elegance
  441. Play
  442. Rest
  443. Half-Full
  444. Honesty
  445. Prosper
  446. Sparkle
  447. Flow
  448. Pace
  449. Song
  450. Couture
  451. Progress
  452. Wellness
  453. Contentment
  454. Reach
  455. Uplift
  456. Let Go
  457. De-stress
  458. Move
  459. Clear
  460. Cultivate
Timestamp: 2011-12-01 03:50:08 UTC

(FYI - This post - and subsequent word challenge - is kind of inspired by last year's Reverb10 project - which gave people a series of questions each day during December to kind of "wrap up" the year. When the creators of Reverb10 chose not continue the project this month, I came up with my own idea, mixing my experience with "one little word" and Reverb10. Each day, for the next month, I'm going to try to write - focusing on a single word as my theme!)

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