Monday, January 23, 2017

Number 7

The One Little Word pursuit began early this year.  I started in December rather than after the new year arrived.

This is my 7th year choosing OLW.

I considered courage, energy, warmth, health, acceptance. In order to enable any word to work for me, I must have strength. Strength in body, mind, and soul.

"Be" has been my favorite OLW so far.  I wanted to just "be."  It was a light and airy word.  I needed a big break from "define."  This word conjured up realities and unhappiness.  I said things I maybe shouldn't have said, but these words and thoughts were always there ready to come out.  So I became myself with "be." The harshness remained but softened.  Now what?

The word "acceptance" seemed like a word that expressed "surrender."  After all the work I had done with "define," I decided this was not acceptable!  I wasn't quitting.  I must continue on from what I have learned and experienced.  Acceptance is what got me in this bind. 

I'm getting older every day.  My mind is not as quick, nor is my body.  Not moving in mind and body is a slow death before the heart stops.

When I do my exercises, I remind myself of walking better to be with my grandkids, shopping when I want, and taking care of myself.

I feel stronger just thinking about my new word. 

Happy New Year!

Saturday, August 27, 2016


It's easier than define.
It's positive and free.

Bravely be who you are.

Accept what you cannot change.
Change what you can.

Easier said than done.

Being can come with tears.
It's a reality, an acceptance.

It is what it is.

Friday, August 26, 2016


Never thought of black--
Not in a million years.

But there he was--
Glossy black, cuddly-like, smart.

The angry dog across the way growled,
"Pick me instead."

Black won us over and over.
Soon to be beloved.

"Shadow" became his name--
Chosen in childhood long ago.

Wagging tail, loving nature, and smiles 
As years go by.

Now blind, legs weak,
Soul still full of life.

Walking, boating,
Sleeping by the fire.

Love you, Shadow.
You're one of the best!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Going, Going..............

I know it's not
"Good-bye" to summer yet.
But I feel the pull--

Cicadas chirp throughout the yard.
Crickets fill the night.
Daylight lessens.

The porch sun sits differently.
Flowers go to seed.
Leaves start to fade.

Robins go north to visit.
Sunflowers reach their highest.
Grass grows paler.

I love you, Summer.
Stay with me longer this year and every year.
Love, love, love you, Summer.

Monday, May 9, 2016

The State of "Being"

     It's May already!
I'm not writing much.
Maybe just because I'm "being." (Not a good excuse!)
"Being" is okay for my OLW.

Rather than defining (although it will always be there because that's me!),
I'm trying to enjoy what is going on right now.
I've always thought about what is next, not savoring what is "now."

Life is hard.
Life is good.
Life is connecting.
Life is for the taking.

Too bad so many don't appreciate what life holds
In spite of all the formidable that surrounds us.

Formidable won't go away.

Be in the moment, and be thankful.

Be here.
Be there for others.
Be positive for everyone's sake.

I'm thankful for the positive people in my life
And the small things that touch my heart.

Be in the moment.


Friday, January 22, 2016


One Little Word is what I have today.
It's the shortest one yet.

Just BE.

Last year I tried too hard
To DEFINE every little thing.

This year I will just BE.

BE me.
BE true to myself.
BE in the moment.
BE present.
BE there.
BE aware.
BE quiet.
BE kind.
BE in tune.
BE alive.

Can't wait to embody 2016.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Moving On

An acquaintance told me one day in March that defining sounded like soul-searching.  This comment caught me by surprise. But after 10 months, I now know that it is.

Looked up "soul-searching" in
contemplation, reflection, self-examination, meditation, self-analysis, heart-searching,
self-questioning, deep thought, self-absorption, introversion, and brooding.

Defining is:
deciding, illustrating, spelling out, identifying, laying it out, naming, calling a spade a spade, determining, detailing, explaining, interpreting, elucidating.

This year's word "define"  has enlightened me once again to consider what is important to me, what I need to change, what I need to accept, and when to be quiet now that I have spoken out.

I've gone through this before, I'm afraid,
but at a different stage in my life.

Defining is learning and re-learning
as is life.

Time to make a new list of words that speak to me.
Time to stop brooding.
Time to forge ahead.

Bring on the words!