#SOL22: #OneLittleWord

What a rich history of choosing a word to center myself. In order those words have been:

  • 2014    Transfer
  • 2015     Focus
  • 2016    Joyful
  • 2017    Brave
  • 2018    Curious
  • 2019    Celebrate
  • 2020 Envision
  • 2021 Willing

Combinations of verbs, nouns, and so many uses of words as they have also served as the wallpaper on my blog. This year followed last year’s slow steady beat creeping into my consciousness and inserting itself into my daily life.

But the typical dithering at the final decision point:

Something to be?

Something to have?

Which would best suit my thinking for the year?

Be patient or have patience?

Study was required and grammarly came to the rescue. link

Be patient:

“… someone who is not hasty, who can bear things calmly, or who remains unwavering when faced with adversity …”


This quote solidified my decision.

” “If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.” —A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


. . . a small piece of fluff in his ear. That whimsical description was the selling point.


Be patient

What word will choose you? How will you know?


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12 responses

  1. I know “Be Patient” will serve you well, Fran. I will continue to be patient as I do believe I will someday see you again in person. Have a lovely 2022 year as you are guided by your word used by Winnie-the-Pooh! Love your 2022 wallpaper, too!

    1. Sally,
      Love your word healthy and yes, we will be together again in person.
      At TC, NCTE, or in a bookstore

  2. Gotta love the wisdom of a little ole bear. To be patient is a wonderful goal. I wish I could teach this lesson to some impatient drivers out there. Having patience requires selflessness that seems sorely lacking these days. I have found my word, or rather, my word found me. I’ll write about it for Spiritual Thursday this week.

    1. Margaret, I have learned more about patience ( and the lack of) from the grsncdsons.some elements of Mario Brothers. require patience and others are about being patient. Can’t wait to read about your word

  3. Oooooh, this is so difficult to do sometimes. It’s a brave word – one that takes courage to select in a world of Starbucks convenience and microwave dinners. You are content to wait for the percolated cup of coffee (always the best brew). I love that you have this in the format of the word and the definition in bright colors. A couple of days ago, I blogged the 5Ws and 1H of my word, examining it for who, what, when, where, how and why. I chose Listen, and I learned a lot just from that exercise of thinking about my word through different angles.

    1. What a super way to analyze your word. Adding layers of meaning … provides the depth of strength for words to work for a year!

  4. I love reading your process and that Winnie the Pooh was the deciding factor. I am sure your phrase will support you well. We all need to be patient, now more than ever!

    1. Erika,
      So true. Being patient is currently a necessity. Love the backgrounds of our choices!

  5. Oh, I do like this! And as a softie for Pooh and his pals, I love how you came to the decision.

    My OLW is “Deliberately,” courtesy of my hero, Henry David Thoreau.

  6. “Be patient” – something so many of us need to embrace. It seems we are so in a hurry to get nowhere or say nothing that we don’t care about what others are saying or doing. We need to take a step bsck, be patient, and wait our turn. This is a great word.

  7. Love it! My word is Connection this year.

  8. I struggle being patient, so I appreciate this reminder to work on patience in 2022.

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