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One Little Word 2009

For the past several years, Stacey and I have chosen One Little Word to live by for the year.  (This idea came from Ali Edwards.)  My 2009 OLW is delight.  (In previous years I’ve chosen; grace, genuine, & give.)  I’ve been spending some time reflecting on what I’ve learned about delight and how it applies to the living I’ve done this past year, as well as how it will influence the way I live from here on.  Isn’t that the purpose of living a reflective life — you notice how you change, what that change reveals about yourself and the way you will live in the future?  If you’re considering your resolutions for the new year, perhaps you’ll want to consider this twist on the tradition.  Choose a word to live by in 2010 and at the end of the year reflect on the way it influenced your life.  I’m beginning to consider my word for 2010 — won’t you join me? (If you click on the image, it will open in its own window and you can then click on it again to make it bigger & read the words.)

Ruth's OLW '09 Reflection



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7 thoughts on “One Little Word 2009 Leave a comment

  1. My word for 2009 was mettle and it served me very well!! I love doing this as it’s so much more meaningful than resolutions. For 2010, I’ve been looking for just the right word and I believe I’ve made my choice: engage. Good luck to all and Happy New Year!


  2. I love this idea! Thank you for sharing and suggesting it! I think I may already have my word for 2010, but as there is still two weeks left in the year, I’ll wait and see if another one comes up.


  3. I love it! One word to live by. . . I’ve been tossing around worship, love, joy, and authenticity for the last ten seconds since I read your post. I love your site–as a teacher and literacy nut and as a woman.


  4. Ruth, your reflection page shows much insight. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us to do the same. I have used bible verses in a similar way, but will be looking for my OLW for 2010.


  5. Thanks for sharing. I have not done this before. It seemed familiar; I think that I probably heard you mention it before on this blog. I will probably participate for 2010. I love the idea!

    Was your Delight reflection digital scrapbooking? I just started doing a lot of scrapbooking since this summer. Before it was very sporadic. I have not made the jump to digital scrapbooking though.


  6. I have been thinking about my word (listen) lately and thinking about what word I might choose for 2010. I did a bit of journaling on my word this year and your post has inspired me to do a little book for my word. I have really enjoyed this idea.


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