Thursday, January 1, 2015

Word of the Year

Happy New Year!

I have NEVER been more ready to turn over a new leaf and start over again. Last year seemed like one loss after another, with precious few blessings. I am NOT sorry to see the end of 2014, as 2015 MUST be better. It just must.

The best summary of last year I can give, is to quote the one TV show I've been watching since I was three. Matt Smith (Doctor Who #11) said, in Vincent and the Doctor, "The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and... bad things. The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don't necessarily spoil the good things or make them unimportant."

That was last year.

This is now.

Several of my friends choose a single word to encapsulate their intentions for each year. I love the idea, and as I was thinking about 2015 and what I wanted from this year, a single word kept coming to mind. So this year, I too will be living this year with a single word as my focus rather than a list of goals.

This year, I will PERSEVERE.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary defines persevere as Latin, deriving from the word persevero. It says, "The last component part of this word, severo, must be the same as in assivero, with the radical sense of set, fixed or continued. So persist is formed with per and sisto, to stand. Constant and continue have a like primary sense. So we say, to hold on." The Free Dictionary defines persevere more simply, as: "To persist in or remain constant to a purpose, idea, or task in the face of obstacles or discouragement."

Either way you look at it, this seems like a great word of intention for this year. Many of the struggles we dealt with last year, are still with us. We will have an uphill climb, but we ARE climbing back up. So this will be a year of "holding on" and persisting in the face of discouragement. 

Or, to quote the good Doctor once more, (Doctor Who #10 this time) "Allons-y!" 

(For any other blogging geeks out there, I also just realized... this is my 100th post! Wow!) 


Appleshoe said...

My goodness, that Kitty was loaded. I totally saw that twinkle and grin when I saw that...: and then had to walk away for a few moments. Well done. My word this year is Full or fullness if you like. I will be focusing on what we fill our time with. Here's to 2015.

Mama Housemouse said...

Thanks, Apple! I gave her the best card-hand I could think of. And the Kitty was loaded with offsuit, just like she would have loved.

I like fullness. That's a wonderful word too!

Just for you - Shine On!

timegates said...

I think I will choose Rebuild.
When a building has been demolished, the best thing to do is rebuild. I will build on the foundation of The Rock, and see where this may take me. Looses never go away, but in time they start pushing us forward.
So, Persevere and things WILL improve.

Mama Housemouse said...

I am not ready to add on, and I never rebuild.

Our losses this year were more than just Mummy.

I am only ready for the honoring of my memories still. My losses never push me forward, only upward. So rather than rebuild, I can only ever build higher.

Aellyn said...

Congratulations on your 100th post!

My word is Thrive. I feel like each day, week, month, and year, I do what needs to be done to survive. But that's not fulfilling so this year I will be focusing on thriving while living my daily life.

DeNae said...

I found your blog through Emily Anderson's FB page. I am also a homeschooling mama and a blogger AND I chose a word for this year. Safe to say we have a few things in common. Thought I'd pop over and say hi and let you know that I'm hosting a link-up on Sundays to check in on how we're doing with our one word, what we learned that week, or whatever your heart desires in regards to your one word. Hope you can join in on the fun, learning, and growing.

Mama Housemouse said...

Oooh, I like thrive AND order! Nice words!

I would love to join a link-up! Never done that before, but that sounds like fun! Thanks for the invite, DeNae!