Focus Words for 2009

January 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment

Kind of a short post today…nursing a sick girl with strep throat today.  Just taking a short break while cooking dinner.

Ali listed words her readers had chosen as focal words for 2009.  I haven’t chosen a word yet (not having “accomplished” my “word” last year, wondering if I should keep it, or refresh with a new one.  Hmmm.)

Having the word around was good for our family as a whole, though, especially the kids, they embraced it and worked with it at times when I didn’t.  More thinking on that later.

For now, just enjoying other people’s goals through words shared there.  If you have time, meditate on the list a bit and see it certain words speak to you.  I found it almost prayerful to think on each word individually.

Abide
Able
Abundance
Accept
Acceptance
Accomplish
Accountability
Achieve
Acquit
Act
Action
Actualize
Adapt
Adjust
Adore
Adventure
Affectionate
Affirmative
Alive
Allow
Appreciate
Aspire
Attack
Attitude
Authentic
Authenticity
Aware
Awareness
Baby
Balance
Basic
Be
Beautiful
Become
Begin
Beginnings
Belief
Believe
Belong
Beloved
Best
Better
Blessed
Bliss
Blossom
Bottom
Bounce
Boundaries
Brave
Breathe
Brevity
Brighten
Calm
Can
Capture
Care
Carpe Diem
Celebrate
Centered
Challenge
Change
Charity
Cheerfulness
Cherish
Chill
Choice
Choices
Choose
Clarity
Clean
Clear
Commit
Commitment
Communicate
Compassion
Complete
Confidence
Connect
Conquer
Conscious
Consistency
Content
Continue
Control
Courage
Cozy
Create
Cultivate
Cure
Dance
Dare
Dash (It’s All About The Dash)
Decide
Declutter
Dedicated
Deeper
Define
Deliberate
Delight
Determination
Determined
Devote
Devotion
Dignity
Diligence
Discipline
Disciplined
Discover
Disentangle
Divine
Do
Document
Dolce
Don’t
Downsize
Dream
Dynamic
Edit
Effort
Elevate
Embark
Embrace
Emerge
Empower
Endeavor
Endless
Endurance
Energy
Enjoy
Enlighten
Enough
Enrich
Enrichment
Enthusiasm
Evolve
Example
Excellence
Execute
Explore
Express
Facilitate
Faith
Family
Fearless
Feel
Fierce
Find
Finish
Fit
Fitness
Flexibility
Flourish
Flow
Fly
Focus
Focused
Follow-Through
Footprints
Forgive
Forward
Freedom
Fresh
Frugal
Fruitful
FUN (“feeling undeniably new”)
Gentle
Gentleness
Give
Glow
Go
Goal
Good Enough
Goodness
Grace
Grateful
Gratitude
Green
Grow
Growth
Half-Full
Happiness
Happy
Harmony
Heal
Healing
Health
Heart
Hold onto Love
Home
Honesty
Honor
Hope
Humility
I
I’m Okay
Idle
Illuminate
Imagine
Imminence
Independence
Initiate
Inner-Strength
Innovate
Inspire
Integrity
Intend
Intention
Intentional
Invest
Involve
Inwardness
Journey
Joy
Jump
Kindness
Laugh
Learn
Less
Let
Let Go
Life
Light
Lightness
Listen
Live
Love
Loving
Lucky
Marathon
Margin
Material
Matter
Maturity
Me
Memory
Mercy
Metamorphosis
Mettle
Mindful
Miracle
Moderation
Moments
Momentum
More
Motion
Motivate
Motivation
Move
Mute
Nascent
Nature
New
No New, Make Do
Non-Reactivity
Notice
Now
Nourish
Nurture
Observe
Open
Opportunity
Optimistic
Optimism
Order
Organize
Organized
Others
Overcome
Pace
Passion
Patience
Pause
Peace
Permission
Perseverance
Persevere
Perspective
Plan
Play
Positive
Positivity
Possibility
Potential
Pray
Prayer
Precious
Prepare
Presence
Present
Preserve
Prevail
Print
Prioritize
Progress
Promise
Prosperity
Pumped
Pure
Purge
Purpose
Purposeful
Pursue
Push
Quiet
Reach
Read
Ready
Realize
Reconnect
Rediscover
Reduce
Refine
Reflect
Regenerate
Reinvent
Rejoice
Relationships
Relax
Release
Relinquish
Remain
Remember
Renaissance
Renew
Resilience
Resolve
Resourceful
Respect
Restore
Results
Revitalize
Revive
Rhythm
Rise
Roll
Run
Sanctuary
Save
Savor
Search
Seasons
Seek
Seize
Self
Self-Assured
Self-Discipline
Sensitive
Serendipity
Serene
Serenity
Seriously
Serve
Shalom
Share
Shift
Shine
Simple
Simplicity
Simplify
Smart
Smile
Soft
Sparkle
Start
Stay
Steadfast
Step
Still
Stillness
Stop
Strength
Strive
Structure
Success
Support
Surprise
Surrender
Surround
Survive
Sustain
Sweeten
Tackle
Ten
Tenacity
Tenderness
Thankful
This is my year.
Threshold
Thrive
Time
Today
Together
Tolerance
Trailblaze
Tranquility
Transformation
Treasure
True
Trust
Truthful
Try
Turn
Uncomplicated
Understanding
Unfold
Unite
Unload
Unplug
Unwritten
Valor
Value
Vibrant
Vision
Vitality
Voice
Wait
Walk
Warmth
Warrior
Welcome
Wellness
Wonder
Worship
Why
Wisdom
Worth
Yes
Zeal

(*list copied with permission)

A few of the words suprised me.  Some, I didn’t understand what in the world the person meant…like “meddle”.  Hmmm.

Did any surprise you?  Did you see the need to sit a while longer with a few of the words?  How can you focus on them and make them a more central part of your thinking and year.  Are you okay with setting goals you don’t meet?  I see myself more likely to meet a goal I’ve set several times and missed than never setting goals at all.  What about you?  Or do you just no longer set “resolutions”.   When and how often do you set goals?

Just curious as I wait on my “goal setting” time.  I’m waiting for my grace reserve to catch up with my life a bit for now with all going on needing my focus.

See you in the comment section.. .

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