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One-word resolution


“Just as I have insisted on his worth, he has always insisted on my strength, insisted that my capacity is greater than I believe. And I know, without being told, that’s what love does, when it’s right-it makes you more than you were, more than you thought you could be.
This is right.”
― Veronica Roth, Allegiant

It’s that time of year – the new year – where we try to think of all the things we’d like to change, to do, to be. We try to quantify and qualify our lists, setting out each year to do a bit better than the last one.

If you have been around the blog a bit, you might remember that the past few years I’ve been practicing the one-word resolutions, trying to select one guiding word to challenge me throughout the year. As with last year’s choice, oftentimes the word plays out in unanticipated ways, yet at year’s end, I can pull the thread of it, feel its texture woven into the warp and woof of every day.

I spend time thinking through options, trying to sift through candidates until I find the one that sits true in my soul. Sometime it’s an obvious or deliberate choice; sometimes, like this year, I stumble upon it in the course of doing other things. This year’s word came to me while writing my year-end update, and it just felt right. This year’s word is: capacity.

Here are the dictionary definitions:

1: legal competency or fitness

2a : the potential or suitability for holding, storing, or accommodating
b : the maximum amount or number that can be contained or accommodated — see metric system table, weight table

3a : an individual’s mental or physical ability: aptitude, skill
b : the faculty or potential for treating, experiencing, or appreciating

4: duty, position, role

5: the facility or power to produce, perform, or deploy: capability; also, maximum output

One of the reasons this word intrigues me is that it can be both limited and infinite. A maximum capacity has a limit, something that can be reached, measured, contained. Yet capacity can also be limitless – a capacity to love, to experience, to create. It’s more than that, too, but that duality fascinates me.

The capacity of 2014 is unknown on day one. Let the journey begin.

What is your one-word resolution?


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Happy New Year!

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New Year’s Eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.
~ Hamilton Wright Mabie

Happy New Year!

I hope this day finds you on the brink of a New Year filled with health and happiness, with love and joy, and with adventures as yet untold.

As you may recall from a previous New Year’s post, I am not a fan of making a long list of resolutions. Several years ago, I started using the one-word resolution and have discovered making a single word into an affirmation for the year works for me. It’s not everybody’s thing, I realize. But I just can’t bear making a list of things that most likely would not get done, no matter how un-optimistically I created it, and feeling oh-so-bad when they didn’t get done or when other things, things unrealized on January 1st, took their places.

So, one word it is. I hadn’t realized that I never discussed here my 2012 choice. Initially there was cause for that — my 2012 word was change. Change was needed, in many ways, and with that word as my mantra, I managed to make some significant changes — hence the new job and new state! Other smaller changes happened as well, but I think those two dominated the year!

Where am I for 2013 — on day 1? I pondered a lot of options: resilience, embrace, focus, commitment, grace. Given my extended absence from here and my other writing, write seemed a logical choice. As did discipline and growth. None seemed to settle right on the heart and mind, though.

Until, in the wee quiet hours of the early morning, when sleep was hard to find…… I found my word.


1. To notice, especially by making an effort;
2. To learn something about;
3. To reveal or make known;
4. To obtain sight or knowledge of for the first time.

I shall discover things about the wonderful new town and state where I live.
I shall discover new things to learn, to study, to share.
I shall discover things unknown, big and small, about myself.

2013 for me, then, will be the year of discovery.

What might 2013 hold for you?

What’s your one-word resolution?


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