Do you have a favorite word game?
One of the favorites at my house is Scrabble. I’m not particularly good at playing it, but I do enjoy a good match-up now and then. Son number two has been beating me lately. Something’s shifted when you don’t win games you play with your kids anymore…
(Oh well. When you think about it, maybe that’s another goal of parenthood…)
Words are powerful. Or rather how we use words is powerful. Words are just words.
For example, I wonder how many times parents and teachers have used the phrase, “Use your words,” when trying to get children to appropriately express frustration or anger. And then of course, there is the old cliché “the pen is mightier than the sword,” or something like that.
As one who likes to write, obviously words are very important to me, even more so since my cancer diagnosis for some reason. Maybe that’s why when I read Feisty Blue Gecko’s recent blog post “Shaping 2012 With Three Little Words,” I immediately started thinking about what my own three words might be. I even like the title of her post; can we really “shape with words?” I happen to believe we can…but that’s another post.
Other bloggers were drawn to this exercise as well. Jackie, from Dispatch From Second Base, shared her three words this week as did Dr. Attai. There was even a twitter chat on this topic this past week, which unfortunately I missed.
Of course like always, I had to think and rethink and then think a little bit more about my words. I do have this tendency to over-analyze…
I am intrigued by this idea of picking just three words to “live by” for the New Year. I like it better than making resolutions for some reason, so thank you Feisty Blue Gecko for coming up with this great word exercise. Do I like it better because it’s vaguer and there is nothing specific to live up to?
Maybe. Sometimes vagueness is good, or more freeing anyway.
over-analyzing careful consideration my three words to live by this year are: balance, inspire and enjoy; pretty simple ones, right? If you were waiting for more profound words, sorry to disappoint.
I choose balance because I struggle with finding balance each and every day in just about every aspect of my life. And after a serious illness diagnosis, learning to live life “in balance” does take some extra doing, but actually I suspect everyone is struggling with this on some level. This year I want to strive for more balance in all things, even though true balance is probably not even possible to achieve in “real life.”
I somewhat reluctantly choose inspire, hoping it doesn’t give the wrong impression. I think all writers who write words for others to read do so in order to inspire on some level. Words written for others are written to help, inform, empathize, motivate, challenge or just entertain; at least that’s why I write. I want to be a better writer in the New Year. I do want to be a writer that inspires…
The third word I choose is enjoy. I want to enjoy the new year and not worry so much about the “what ifs.” I want to worry less and just allow life to unfold. Worrying doesn’t stop the bad things from happening anyway. Specifically, I want to enjoy a certain upcoming wedding. I want to enjoy observing my sons continue to grow as amazing young men. I want to enjoy the process of writing more and stress less about it at the same time, again, there’s that balance thing. I want to enjoy my time with hubby and my pets. I want to enjoy my new and old friendships. And I certainly hope to enjoy good health. (Can you still say that post-cancer?)
I want to enjoy just being…
Besides, I believe when you enjoy your own life, you are more easily able to bring joy into the lives of others as well. So hopefully I can do both.
I know the New Year will bring challenges too. What year doesn’t?
No matter what, I’m going to try to remember my three simple words of choice this year; balance, inspire and enjoy. I’m going to try to remember their significance as individual “stand-alone words.” The trickier part, as in the game of Scrabble, will be connecting them together into some kind of meaningful actions or results.
I’m not sure how this will go or if I’ll want to change my three words in
a day or two, week or two, down the road, but… we’ll see…