Tuesday, January 5, 2010

One Little Word

Last year I joined in on selecting a word that would reflect you and your life for that year.
In 2009 I selected the word STRIVE. I chose that for many reasons and really did think that it was a good word!
Little did I know that it would reflect much more than I anticipated.

The meaning of Strive, as indicated in the dictionary means:

- to exert oneself vigorously; try hard; to make strenuous efforts toward any goal:

Perfect! That is what I wanted to do!

My plans for 2009 were:
  1. STRIVE to be a better mom each day
  2. STRIVE to learn more about my hobby
  3. STRIVE to be healthier
  4. STRIVE to learn forgiveness

Now that 2009 has ended, I googled the word Strive again to see how it played against my year. I found these additional meanings:

- to contend in opposition, battle, or any conflict; compete.

- to struggle vigorously, as in opposition or resistance: to strive against fate.

- to rival; vie.

Boy! Is that ever true!!

I battled many things in 2009 - many which had great lessons and many which had great heartache.

  • Deaths, unemployment, illness, car accident, kidney stones, broken elbow, intense physio, more deaths, being un-invited to a funeral, generally not being well!

I struggled vigorously - mostly to not lose my mind!

Rival - an on-going battle with Sean's family that continued even after death.

But.....at the end of it all, I survived.

I initially thought my little word for 2010 would be Survival. But I did that last year and I don't want to set a goal that assumes more bad things will come my way. I wanted to select a word that will really reflect my goals for 2010.

Without a doubt in my mind, I have selected the perfect word for myself:


For my mind, body and spirit, I want WELLNESS. No....I NEED wellness.

I am not going to sit back and hope this happens. I have made a plan for myself and I owe it to my family to make it happen. I am even going to document my wellness journey.

My first step for wellness is accepting that I have to have a hysterectomy. It has been scheduled for January 13th. This will help make my body well but it is up to me to make my mind well about it. I am working on it, I really am.

Wellness in 2010 is my goal and it's a goal that I am confident will be achieved.

Do you have a little word? Please share it with me!


Becky said...

Great word Char! I know you will find wellness in all aspects of your life this year. (hug)

I chose ENJOY. As my children grow into young adults and flies out of the nest I am determined to enjoy the process and remember this is what I've been guiding them to do. I've got so much to look forward to this year!

Lee said...

Thrilled you chose a word with no negative connotation! You will be well this year :)

My word: FOCUS.

We'll see :)

Tricia said...

I love the new goodies on your blog. Great job! You spent alot of time reflecting on just the perfect word. I think after what you have been dealt in 2009, WELLNESS is perfect! Happy New YEar my friend

Jayne said...

Perfect word Char!!