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January 1, 2013

A new year is here

Resolve, Commit, be better

Like all the year’s days


Yeah, it’s the New Year, which means we’re supposed to resolve to be better.  Lose weight.  Get that new job.  Be nicer to people.  Write more.  Write less.  Why is that?  This goes back to one of my many gripes.  People who focus on birthdays and anniversaries and holidays and leave the rest of the year to its own devices.  I make resolutions every day of the year.  To be a better husband, a better father, a better boss, a better employee.  A better person.  Maybe that’s part of the problem.  I never stop trying for something better, instead of accepting what I have.

A couple of days ago, the daily prompt from I Saw You Dancing was to identify the word that was your “travelling companion” for 2012 and the word you would travel with into 2013.  Debra Kreps identified her 2012 word as CONNECT, but is holding back on revealing her 2013 word.  More importantly for this post, one of her commenters indicated her 2013 word would be PATIENCE.


I like that word.  I also like trying to come up with a word for the year because it requires me to think about the 365 days that stretch out ahead of me.  It’s a commitment for the duration.  Not something that can be done in the first week or first month.

PATIENCE is a virtue, you know.  A word for the year should be virtuous.  For instance, INTOLERANCE would be a bad word to chose as a word for the year.



Unless, well, that’s the word you choose for yourself.  Who am I to judge?

Writing this post has opened the door to a few ideas for my word for 2013.  PATIENCE.  ACCEPTANCE.  COMMITMENT.  Those are three that jump out at me at the moment.  But I’m not sure any of those are it.  What about this?  HAPPINESS.  Another alternative, taken from my haiku that’s actually two words.  DO BETTER.  Better than what?

It’s a tough decision to make.  Maybe it’s impossible to identify the one word I will travel with in 2013.  I want all of the things those words suggest.  I want to be all of the things those words require.  I want …

I think I know what my word for 2013 is.


CONSISTENCY.  2013 will be a year in which I will be more steady in moving towards my goals.  I think this word encompasses a number of the others.  Patience.  Acceptance.  Commitment.  It also represents another word I thought of.  MINDFULNESS.

If I’m consistent in my approach to life this year.  To the people around me.  To the mountains and molehills.  If I eliminate some of the highs and lows.  I do those things and I will show more of those other virtues.  So, there you go.  That’s my word for 2013.

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