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One Word: Courage

January 1, 2013

A new year, a beginning place. A jumping off point, a compass needle. Where to start a new year, a new chapter, a new page?

Alece, blogger, writer, believer, threw out the challenge last month.


Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway. Choose just one word.

One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.

It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your word will shape you and your year. It will guide your decisions and help you grow.

Discover the big impact one word can make.

One word. 

365 days. 

A changed life.

I’ve spent a lot of time mumbling about authenticity this year. Being true, being open, fearlessly flawed.

But, it’s not just about being authentic. It’s easy to be authentically good, or authentically nice.

It’s a heck of a lot harder to be authentically mean, authentically afraid, authentically foolish.

Being who I am with my whole heart: the earliest definition of courage.

Flawed. But fearless. Whole. Human.

Here it is, good, bad and ugly. The entire kit and caboodle. The whole shebang.

Nothing extraordinary.

This is just me.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. kelleywilson permalink
    January 1, 2013 6:29 pm

    Love this idea: my word- maximize! Definition: make the best of!!

  2. Trisha permalink
    January 3, 2013 8:27 am

    My word for the year is: Open. Open hands – Lord do what you want with what I have, who I am, and where I will go. Almost as dangerous a word as Courage is! We better brace ourselves – with words like these, this is about to be a doozy of a year! Bring it!


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