One Little Word for 2014
Those of us who work in the health and aging fields perform under considerable stress each day. Helping patients and clients understand a new and difficult diagnosis. Supporting patients and their loved ones with the emotional decisions they face. Coping with death and dying. We know it can be mentally and physically exhausting. As we head in to 2014, we have a suggestion to help. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions you may not keep, how about adopting one little word that you use to remind yourself what is most important in life?
One Little Word Project was started in 2006 by author and blogger, Ali Edwards.
Edwards explains it as, “… a word that I can focus on, mediate on, and reflect upon as I go about my daily life. I invite it into my life. I live with it. I let it speak to me. I might even follow where it leads.”
The idea behind this project is to adopt one word that sums up your hopes for the New Year. Instead of a long list of resolutions, pick one word and make that word yours. Use it when you are stressed, sad, overwhelmed or feeling lost. Edwards offers self-paced, online workshops that help you keep that word a part of your life all year long.
How do you pick one little word?
Edwards says her one little word sometimes finds hers. Other years she has to work on it.
Here are some suggestions that can help get you thinking about your word:
–Working hard to live a more purposeful life? How about INTENTIONAL for your word?
–Trying to curb your perfectionist tendencies so you can stop driving yourself and your loved ones crazy? Make ACCEPT your word.
–Are you in the midst of a recovery from an injury or illness? PERSEVERE or FAITH might help get you through it.
–Looking to live more wholeheartedly and try new things? OPEN may be the word for you.
Get the idea? We’d love to hear what your word you choose to explore in 2014! Please share them in the Comments section below…
Author: Ann Jamison
Ann Jamison is an experienced senior advisor who has successfully worked with hundreds of families to help them find the best care and home-like environment for themselves or their loved ones. Prior to launching Senior Living Options, Ann was an eldercare advisor for a national placement agency and served as sales director at a senior living community. Thanks to her 25-year career in advertising sales and marketing, Ann is able to discern between hype and reality for her clients. Ann recognizes that there are objective factors that need to be weighed when making a life-changing decision, but she can also assess the important softer attributes by getting to know her clients and by using the gut instincts that can only come through extended experience.