I’ve been a laggard about choosing my one word of the year. This is because I’ve found myself caught up in the hype of picking the perfect word. A word that has a large overarching theme. A word that is unique, yet applicable to all facets of my life. A word that will make me kick ass in 2013.
I don’t know why it is that this year I got thinking like this, but I did. Even talking about it here I have to laugh at myself. I guess all I can tell you is that the gods of external validation invaded my brain and brought various forms of doubt with them. Hence, my inability to pick a word.
However, that is all behind me now. You see, I had a serious chat with myself and managed to decide on a word that I think will satisfy both my pragmatic thinking side and my holistic feeling side. The conversation, which may or may not have been out loud, went something like this:
Pragmatic Ally: It’s just a word, Ms. Bean. Get over yourself and pick one.
Holistic Ally: But I don’t know, for sure, if I’ll pick the best one. I need a sign of some sort so I’ll know that it is the. right. word.
Pragmatic Ally: Just do it. There’s your sign. Nike said so.
Holistic Ally: Okay, fine. Balance. I pick BALANCE. Like in New Balance. Which I like much better than Nike with their stupid swoosh.
Pragmatic Ally: Great choice. Well done. Now get out there and kick some ass!
Holistic Ally: But I don’t know how. How do ‘ya do that?
Pragmatic Ally: *sigh* Do I have to do everything for you? You start where you are right now, do your best and see where it goes. That’s how you do it.
Holistic Ally: Oh yeah. That’d work. Good idea. Thanks.
Pragmatic Ally: No problem.
… And so it came to be that my one word for 2013 will be BALANCE.