A few days ago, very early in the morning, I was running on 3.5 hours of sleep after an 8 hour road trip and my puppy was wide awake, ready to play. All I wanted to do was sleep. She was insistent and ready to go outside for her morning walk. In my tired stupor, I clumsily threw on some mismatched clothes, my gym shoes, coat, and then happened to look out the window. Over the hills, I saw the most beautiful sunrise. I grabbed my camera, the dog and we ran (literally ran) outside and down the street. I then stopped and took the picture above.
It reminded me of a passage from Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolf that reads,
“The day was like gold and sapphires: there was a swift flash and sparkle, intangible and multifarious, like sunlight on roughened water, all over the land.”
In 2014, I am looking to live each day with intention using one small, powerful, daily reminder. It is called “One Little Word.” A blogger I respect and admire, Ali Edwards, started “One Little Word” in the scrapbook community several years ago. It has gotten quite popular. What is it? You pick a word, any word, that will be your light and guide for the year. It is a word that acts as a foundation for the specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-sensitive (SMART) goals you set for yourself. It is a gentle reminder to live each day with intention.
2013 held transition and new beginnings for me, including:
2.) New Job & Travel Destinations
3.) Grad School
4.) New Puppy
5.) More Wine Less Whine
Looking forward to 2014, I have laid the foundation for some incredible opportunities. I learned through this roller coaster of a year what Malcolm Gladwell articulates so well in his book David and Goliath:
“The conquering of fear produces exhilaration”
“What is learned out of necessity is inevitably more powerful than the learning that comes easily.”
For 2014, I have chosen a word that builds on 2013, a reminder to get out of bed early in the morning and capture a beautiful sunrise before it is gone, to open my mind at work and in the classroom and to push through the bad knowing I will emerge better for the wear. Not easy, but necessary.
My one little word for 2014? Shine